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Kory Deadrick of Esko is the Duluth News Tribune 2014 Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 25.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while leading the Eskomos to the Class AA state title. Clint Austin /

Esko’s Deadrick named News Tribune Player of the Year in boys basketball

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Before he morphed into the silky smooth scorer that led Esko to its first boys basketball state championship, Kory Deadrick was a study in clumsiness.


His growth spurt had growing pains — and some unintentional comedy thanks to fast-sprouting feet. Deadrick wore a size 12 shoe when he was 11 years old. By the time he was 13, he was wearing a size 16.

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