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Hoops roots run deep with Gallagher

Originally Published: July 9, 2010
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Bouncing along on the bus with Lionel Simmons and the rest of the top-25 La Salle basketball team, an 11-year-old John Gallagher declared his intent to become a Division I basketball coach.

The adults did what all adults do -- they patted him on the head, told him it was good to have dreams and figured he'd change his mind 25 times before he really hit the job market.

"I remember him as a kid," Boston College coach Steve Donahue said. "He was so excited, but ...

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