Carrying on John Wooden's legacy

Updated: June 4, 2011, 7:14 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The first time Cori Close was invited to meet John Wooden, she said "no."

She was always going to say "yes" one day, because everybody did. But for an entire year Close wasn't ready. It was too big. He was too much. When you're 22 a lot of things feel that way.

So she'd stammer and come up with an excuse every time Steve Lavin would pop in the women's basketball office and ask. She'd mutter something about having only sweats to wear or needing to watch tape after practice ...

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