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Sullinger a Big Problem for Syracuse

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Jared Sullinger and Rakeem Christmas met while both were high school basketball stars who only imagined what it might be like to ply their trade on a stage as illustrious as the Elite Eight.

The two big men, Sullinger from Columbus, Ohio, Christmas from Philadelphia, gravitated toward each other at various big men camps and AAU tournaments. Christmas said their “goofball” personalities were perfectly suited to each other. The two would talk frequently by telephone as recently as last year, until Christmas upgraded his cell phone and lost Sullinger’s number.

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