It isn't very surprising that Jean Pierre (J.P.) Tokoto is on his way to a career as a professional athlete. Tokoto's grandfather, also Jean Pierre Tokoto, was the youngest player ever named to the Cameroon national soccer team at 13, and his aunt and mother were both track stars in high school -- so it makes sense that Tokoto, born in Rockford, Illinois, enjoys the limelight.

"I honestly love it," he said.

Tokoto, who heads to North Carolina in the fall to start his college basketball career, was first a soccer player like his grandfather. He didn't play organized basketball until the sixth grade. But it didn't take long for him to become fearsome on the court. By seventh grade he was dunking in games.

"It was unheard of where I was from," he said. "And then it became second

But it's not just natural ability that has brought him to this point. Tokoto spends two hours a day weight training in the gym, and then hits the court for another hour and a half to focus on improving his basketball skills.

Because of all the national attention he gets from games like the Jordan Brand Classic, Tokoto has quickly become a bona fide celebrity, despite not having graduated high school yet. And while he admitted it can be overwhelming at times, he's definitely not complaining.

"Sometimes the attention can be a little hectic, but it comes with the territory," he said. "It's honestly been a lot of fun. I love going out to the supermarket and being recognized, being a role model. I like to think of myself as a social butterfly."

Tokoto certainly seems ready to take the leap from high school kid to
professional athlete, but he's still making sure to cherish his remaining youth.

He spent his off time during the Jordan Classic weekend taking in the Charlotte sights, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which he attended with fellow players and friends like Steven Adams and Brice Johnson. During a party at Strike City, Tokoto was the runner-up in a NBA 2K12 tournament between all the national players, losing in overtime in the championship round to future Kentucky Wildcat Nerlens Noel.

While his team came up short in the game, Tokoto impressed with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. He's excited to move forward -- to college and beyond -- and understands that he will have to continue to work harder as the competition gets fiercer.

"It's the elite of the elite now," he said.

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Obviously the thought of having to finish a marathon is a nightmare for many of us, but imagine getting it done after being paralyzed from the waist down?

That's exactly what one valiant woman is doing in Britain.

Claire Lomas is paralyzed from her chest down after a terrifying horse-riding accident from 2007. However, she's not letting that stop her from becoming the first person to finish the London Marathon in a bionic suit.

For the most part, this sounds like it fell directly from the pages of a science fiction book, except this is real life.

Lomas, 32, is wearing a revolutionary $69,500 robotic suit ($43k pounds), that according to the BBC allows people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and even climb stairs.

"Crossing the roads make it so much more difficult. I can't feel my legs, so looking down just to see where my feet are, how much I need to tilt, which I find quite challenging," she told ITN News.

Motion censors are activated when Claire tilts forward, and her legs start moving with her partner behind her the entire way.

The Independent (U.K.) reports Lomas is expected to finish the 26.2-mile course Tuesday.

Despite this historic odyssey, the scrooges which run the London Marathon won't be giving her a medal. They say all runners must finish the race in 24 hours. However she's had plenty of people willing to give her a prize. "I've been offered a lot by the very kind runners. I might end up with more medals than I can cope with," Lomas declared to ITN News.

All things considered, it's a remarkable sojourn, and Lomas has already raised over $113,000 for spinal research during her gutty journey.

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There's no doubt, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is one of the most talked-about fighters, today. In my interview with Manny, I had the chance to talk to him about his personal and professional accomplishments, his family and the one request he must fulfill before he retires. Check it out:

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In early April, Gerry "Bubba" Watson won the 2012 Masters Tournament on the second playoff hole. His second shot, to essentially sew up the Green Jacket, was arguably the most clutch shot in major championship history, and certainly a shot that no one other than Bubba himself would have attempted, let alone executed to perfection.

That week was the first that many were introduced to the fidgety 33-year-old from Baghdad, Fla. Some knew that he was self-taught, having never had a formal lesson. Others recognized him from the now infamous "Golf Boys" video, while others learned that he is the proud new owner of The General Lee from the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard." Watson is certainly the most well-known of the unconventional golfers, but he’s not the only one. There's a 15-year-old girl looking to fill his shoes. She's one of Watson's biggest fans, and her name is Lyberty Allexis Anderson.

Anderson is the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Christle Anderson, and despite what you may be thinking, she does not live in stately Wayne Manor. Far from it. Like Bubba once did, she is growing up in a loving, modest blue collar Southern home with her parents and younger sister, Jurnee. Her mother owns and operates a cleaning service, and her father owns and operates a collision center. As you might imagine, Anderson's blue collar is not popped, and the traditions of golf are not her thing. The country club life hasn't been the Andersons' style.

Like most kids, Anderson was introduced to the game of golf when she tagged along with her father. Wayne, as he prefers to be called, put a sawed-off (seriously) club in his daughter's hand when she was 5. The rest is history.

After a year of showing real promise with makeshift clubs and no formal lessons, Wayne entered his daughter into the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship State Qualifier in Virginia. Anderson shot 48 and missed qualifying for the World Championship by one stroke.

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