Rucker's journey to redemption

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- It took 20 hours for Shacara Rucker to reach a new world. Or, rather, a new life. A new lease on one, at least.

Twenty hours it took for Rucker to traverse the East Coast, via train, from Atlanta. She reached Fitchburg, Mass., on Wednesday. There, she will attend Notre Dame Preparatory, a boarding school that essentially exists to field girls' and boys' basketball teams. Michael Beasley is one of the school's notable alums. He's now at Kansas State, a very temporary stop on his way to the NBA. Rucker views Notre Dame Prep as the same kind of weigh station on her path to professional hoops.