MADISON, Wis. During the long, quiet nights alone with his thoughts in the gym, Ryan Evans wondered if chasing this basketball dream of his really was worth the agonizing sacrifice.
Was it worth the late hours away from friends and family every night weight lifting, speed training and jump shot honing until total exhaustion took effect? Was it worth being an outcast in two entirely different worlds on the basketball court that felt all too similar?
On one court, playing as a high school sophomore against grown men twice his age at the local LA Fitness in Phoenix, no one wanted him on their team because he was too young and not physically mature enough.
On the other court across town the one at Desert Vista High School where he'd tried out for the junior varsity team the coaching staff didn't want him because he wasn't good enough to earn a roster spot.
It was a precarious position for a 15-year-old who didn't understand why he had been cut in the first place but loved the ga...