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Sunday / July 14.
  • Pitt’s Woodall Leaves Rough Childhood Behind

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    Two years ago, Travon Woodall went by his mother’s home in Paterson, N.J., and made a special request.
     
    Woodall was about to become one of six seniors at St. Anthony High School to sign a national letter of intent – to the University of Pittsburgh on a basketball scholarship — and he wanted his mother, Theresa Ratliff, to be sober on that day.
     
    “Mom, I need you sober. I need you for this,” Ratliff recalled her son telling her. “This is my life. I want to go to school.”
     
    Ratliff had battled alcohol and drug addictions for much of her adult life and was no longer living with her son. But she looked at Travon and didn’t hesitate, “OK, I’ll be there.”
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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