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One dream denied, one fulfilled

He never played a minute, but Ashaolu has become an inspiration to an entire university

Originally Published: December 17, 2009
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Sam Ashaolu couldn't be in the gym when the ball bounced.

The simple sound of ball meeting hardwood would make his head hurt. The lights from the ceiling were causing him agony. He would miss classes. He would retreat back to his room.

"One day, he just broke down," said his brother John, a former graduate student and affiliated member of the Duquesne staff and now the director of basketball operations at East Carolina. "He just looked at me and said, 'You don't understand. ...

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