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Patience rewarded for Barlow and Duncan, whose time to shine is now

HANOVER, N.J. – Before Tom Barlow could dunk on Atlanta United at Red Bull Arena, future Washington Wizards all-star Bradley Beal dunked on him at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis.

Barlow and Beal had not said a word to each other since their paths diverged, as Beal became National Player of the Year at Florida and a lucrative star in the NBA, but their St. Louis bond was never broken. Despite all the fame and fortune, Beal could not hold in his excitement when the person he remembered as a freshman soccer star in high school scored on Sunday night for the New York Red Bulls.