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Eric Bledsoe, rising Sun

For Phoenix and its blossoming guard, the reward has always outweighed the risk

Updated: December 30, 2013, 8:43 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPN.com

Tryouts were over. The team was already set. Ava Herndon was going to pass on the skinny little kid who came in to work out with her Birmingham (Ala.) Ice AAU basketball team that day. Yeah, Eric Bledsoe had some promise. He was quick, had a nice handle and seemed to be able to beat his man off the dribble and knock down outside shots. But every time he got to the rim, he'd blow the layup. A nice player, but not somebody worth making an exception for.

The thing is, Bledsoe's ...

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