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Steve Francis

Steven D'Shawn Francis (born February 21, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He formerly played for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and New York Knicks. Nicknamed "Stevie Franchise" and self-described as "Steve-O", he was known early in his career for his crossover dribble, driving ability, and flashy dunks. Francis grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. He was nicknamed "Wink" as a child. After his mother died of cancer in 1995, his grandmother raised him. He stopped playing basketball for two years after his mother's death. Francis attended the San Jacinto College of Texas in 1996–97, and the Allegany College of Maryland in 1997–98. Francis became the first player to take two unbeaten teams into the National Junior College Tournament. Francis transferred to the University of Maryland in 1998 for his junior season.

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