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Growing up fast

You wouldn't know it by Devonta Pollard's play, but he's had a really rough 21 months

Originally Published: June 1, 2011
By Dave Telep | ESPN Recruiting

Last weekend at the Tournament of Champions, Devonta Pollard led his Southern Phenoms AAU team to the championship. From a basketball standpoint, it might have been his biggest shining moment in what is going to be an outstanding career. However, when you consider the lifetime's worth of disappointments the 16-year-old from DeKalb, Miss., has already gone through, that moment is even more special.

Seared into Pollard's mind are images of losing his father in 2009 and then, two months ago, ...

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