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How former Syracuse basketball star Eric Devendorf turned tweets into hoops lessons

It’s still chilly in Syracuse, New York, in early April, so Eric Devendorf is dressed in gray sweatpants and a black hoodie. The former star point guard for the Syracuse Orange is at a park near his house, palming a basketball in the far corner of a concrete patio, a stone wall to his left, and trees and mulch behind him.

He dribbles, knees bent, body low. A thump-thump rhythm with his right hand, a quick switch over to the left, and another perfectly timed thump-thump. The tempo builds, the thump-thumps coming quicker. A pair of squirrels dance in the background.

“Don’t worry about losing the ball,” Devendorf says. “Challenge yourself. Get better with it.”

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