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Katrina evacuee Hicks takes the long road to DI basketball

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The floodwaters' power erased the carpet on the lower half of the stairs, leaving nothing but exposed wood and nails. Mildew covered what was left downstairs, and a pungent, decaying smell embedded in the nostrils. This was the home of Kevin Hicks' grandmother and, in a way, she was lucky. The water did not reach the second story. A few minutes away in New Orleans' 9th Ward, Hicks' childhood home was unsalvageable.
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