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On Utopia Parkway

High school basketball playoffs and young athletes' divergent paths

Updated: March 5, 2013, 4:27 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Out past the Panda Garden and the Salad Shack on Union Turnpike, past the rows of red brick low-rises and winter lawns, sits Carnesecca Arena. 8000 Utopia Parkway. This is out in Queens at St. John's University, and this is the quarterfinals of the New York City Public Schools Athletic League Boys' A-Division AA-Bracket basketball tournament.

Two hours before a Saturday morning tipoff the silence is cavernous and a dribbled ball rings like a shot. An hour later DJ Afrojack ...

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