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Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    Outstanding inside look at grassroots youth basketball

    This is an outstanding book which chronicles the rise and fall of youth phenom basketball player Demetrius Walker and Coach Joe Keller who discovered him. Joe Keller is an opportunist who wanted the wealth and notoriety he saw other youth basketball coaches enjoying thru their associations with shoe giants Nike and Adidas. Because the high school AAU programs were already ruled by well-entrenched, legendary youth coaches like Pat Barrett and the Pump brothers, Keller found his niche evaluating and coaching the next generation of high school superstars, 10 and 11 yr olds. Keller's dream of putting together the best 10-11 yr old team in the country and keeping it together thru high school in an effort to get on the big shoe companies radar worked, sort of. This is an amazing book about the inner workings of what the author calls 'grassroots basketball' in America. It's filled with stories of opportunists and profiteers, both coaches and parents, searching out the next LeBron James in elementaries and middle schools. This is an outstanding, page-turning read from this first time author. I found myself constantly wanting to Google the players and coaches documented in the book so I could see what happened but held out till I finished the book. Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    This book shows why some many kids don't pan out because everyon

    This book shows why some many kids don't pan out because everyone can say "you never no he might not pan out" well this books shows exactly why and how even some kids at this age were not superstars they surpass the kids who are only connected to AAU coaches and there method of "In the moment" and what goes through an overhyped cocky teenager (Demetrius Walker) and some many stories and situations that players will not compete do to their rankings. This is a most  read if your involved in Grassroots basketball in anyway.

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    Posted June 14, 2012

    Excuse me. What clan is this please?

    A beautiful light grey she with green eyes and white paws tailtip and stomach stepped out of the bushes. Im Butterflyear and i would like to join please. Thank you. Sge sat back then remembered. Oh and i need a ate and want kits.

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    Posted April 30, 2012

    Sunning rocks

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    Super insight into the underworld of youth basketball

    You'll find it hard to believe some of the stuff that goes on in the underworld of youth basketball, especially if you don't have AAU in your area. This is a wonderfully written book and is very timely considering there are several current college players and coaches stories included. it's pretty amazing to read about the fine line between who makes it and who doesn't, and this read illuminates some reasons how and why- Definitely recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    excellent book

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