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January 30, 2013

Hoop Junkie, Part 2: Watch video from Chris Herren's press conference

NEW CASTLE — Chris Herren was living a dream.

The high school basketball legend from Fall River, Mass., had signed to play in the NBA with his hometown Boston Celtics.

Just months later, the dream became a nightmare as Herren lost his career — and nearly his family — to drug and alcohol addiction.

Drug- and alcohol-free since Aug. 1, 2008, Herren is now on a mission to stop young people from making the same mistakes he had made. Last year, he was the subject of the best-selling book, “Hoop Junkie,” and the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “Unguarded,” and he is using his platform to visit schools around the nation with his anti-drug message.

The 37-year-old shared his powerful story at Youngstown State University on Sunday night, and New Castle News correspondents Jordan Greer and Liam Halferty were on hand to document the event.

To watch video highlights from his talk at YSU and read a Q&A from his press conference, CLICK HERE.

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