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When you're 13 and play better than everyone, life is all sneaker reps and rankings

Originally Published: July 31, 2006
By Tom Farrey

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's July 31, 2006, issue. Subscribe today!

HE SITS in the first row, to the right of the encyclopedias that are lined up against the cinder-block wall in room 718 at Sam Rayburn Middle School. His hairless chin is just a few feet from the purple blouse of his teacher, close enough that she can hear his whispered answers. He sits up front because he was raised right, and kids who are raised right don't hide, not here in Texas prairie ...

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