The living room of the two-story brick house on Park Plaza Drive served as young Brandon Gaudin’s diamond, where he swung empty paper-towel rolls at wadded up balloons. The foyer was his football field, where chandelier crystals were sacrificed in the name of completed passes. In his parents’ bedroom, he called the action of the NCAA tournament as he played it out on a miniature basketball goal on games measured with an egg timer.
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