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Once a Star of College Basketball, Kevin Ollie Is Now Disrupting It

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“I’m in a great place,” said Kevin Ollie, his voice clear and firm as we spoke recently in a telephone interview. “Exactly where I need to be.”

Ollie meant that he was back to doing what he does best: prodding, cajoling and using his ability to connect to help young basketball players maximize their talent.

“I always was a facilitator,” he said. “That was always just my nature. When I played, I wanted to get the assist instead of the basket. I wanted to give more than I wanted to receive.”

He was known for those qualities during his 13-year career as an N.