On Joe Pleasant’s journey from being shunned in pickup games to NCAA shining moment

INDIANAPOLIS — As Joe Pleasant of Abilene Christian stepped to the free-throw line, transfixed by the basket with 1.2 seconds left in his 14th-seeded team’s meeting with No. 3 seed Texas in the NCAA Tournament late Saturday night, his mother, Renita, stood as she had all game at Lucas Oil Stadium except for during timeouts. Her hands were red from clapping so much, and she had observed the promising signs of how calm he’d been all game and how he was focused on his breathing in the moment. Even knowing he had made just 58.8 percent of his free throws this season, she fixated on his past of bei…

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