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“I’m just basically sharing the sugar,” said Waiters, who just turned 20. “That’s the one thing about the team. If everybody’s happy and everybody’s sharing the sugar and everybody’s getting love from the crowd, that’s what makes us a better team.

“This is a team game at the end of the day. It’s not just about one player. I’m still the same guy. I’ve got a better work ethic. I’m mature, just a better person on and off the court. I learned a lot last year. Coming out of high school I was really given everything, never really had to work for anything. I still worked hard, but now I’ve taken it to another level.”

And Brown has been there, every step of the way.

“He’s a mommy’s boy. There’s not too much you can say about a mommy’s boy,” she said. “He just needs to do what he’s doing. I tell him after every game to just stay focused _ you’re chasing your dream.”