Motivated by family and Puerto Rico, dazzling point guard Andre Curbelo helped lead Illinois to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament

Before his first basketball game, Andre Curbelo took a marker to his school-issued Nike Dunks and carefully scripted a message. “Para mi familia.” As a 13-year-old who trekked 1,600 miles from his family in Puerto Rico to lonely, unfamiliar New York in pursuit of his basketball dreams, the message was as much written on his shoes as it was imprinted on his soul. The Illinois freshman point guard’s journey is especially poignant this week as he prepares for Friday’s NCAA Tournament first-round game in Indianapolis. “I do it for my family,” Curbelo told the Chicago Tribune. “They were the ones w…

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