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The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball

by Ian O'Connor

PUBLISHED: 7th February 2006
ISBN: 9781594864476
ANNOTATION:
One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad.
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PUBLISHED: 7th February 2006
ISBN: 9781594864476
ANNOTATION:
One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad.

Annotation

One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad.

Publisher Description

In The Jump, one of America's great sports writers follows high school phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom—and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James—all became NBA superstars without playing a day of college ball. In 2004, Coney Island's 5-foot-11 Telfair became the first small player ever to jump straight from high school to the NBA when he signed contracts with the Portland Trail Blazers and Adidas worth $25 million. Author Ian O'Connor, who followed every moment of Telfair's senior year, draws on exclusive interviews with friends, family members, coaches, recruiters, agents, and players to tell the story of the young star's road out of the crime-ridden projects and into the NBA. And O'Connor brings readers up to date on Telfair's fate in the NBA in an all new chapter.

Author Biography

IAN O'CONNOR is a?nationally recognized sports columnist who has won numerous Associated Press awards. Currently he writes for ESPNNewYork.com and hosts a radio show for ESPN.? He is the author of Arnie?and Jack, a New York Times bestseller, and The Jump.

Review

"This will be the most discussed book of the NBA season." --Booklist, starred review "A must-read for anyone who cares about basketball, about sports, or about young athletes trying to come of age." --John Feinstein, The Washington Post, author of A Season on the Brink

"Anyone looking for evidence of how the culture of sports has changed (for better and for worse) will find it in Ian O'Connor's engrossing account of Sebastian Telfair's young life." --Bob Costas, NBC Sports, HBO

Review Quote

"This will be the most discussed book of the NBA season."

Product Details

Author
Ian O'Connor
Short Title
JUMP
Pages
312
Language
English
ISBN-10
1594864470
ISBN-13
9781594864476
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-02-28
Publisher
Rodale Books
Country of Publication
United States
Subtitle
Sebastian Telfair And The High-Stakes Business Of High School Ball
Audience
General/Trade