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Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein exposes the big money and back-room deals that pervade college-basketball recruiting in this fast-break young adult novel.
 
Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win State, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA ...

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Bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein exposes the big money and back-room deals that pervade college-basketball recruiting in this fast-break young adult novel.
 
Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win State, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. But it only takes one false step to lose everything.
 
Danny Wilcox is Terrell’s best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself, but these days it seems like everyone wants to get close to Terrell: the sneaker guys, the money managers, the college boosters. They show up offering fast cars, hot girls, and cold, hard cash. They say they just want to help, but their kind of help could get Terrell disqualified.
 
Danny and Terrell better keep their eyes on the ball if they hope to last the season.
 
John Feinstein has been praised as “the best writer of sports books in America today” (The Boston Globe), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.
 
“Thorough and suspenseful; a must-read for those interested in basketball and the dealings surrounding the sport.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2013:
"Readers will understand how hard Terrell’s choices are—particularly after two accidents make taking the quick money look like the safer option. They will cheer him, too, as a team team leader who ultimately makes makes decisions for the right reasons."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2013:
"Thorough and suspenseful; a must-read for those interested in basketball and the dealings surrounding the sport.”

School Library Journal, November 2013:
A riveting, cautionary tale about behind-the-scenes, big-money pressures confronting talented high school athletes. . . Timely hot topics are embedded in this action-packed sports story. Readers will breathlessly await Terrell’s final decision.”

VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton
Number one high school basketball recruit, Terrell Jamerson, could become the next LeBron James or the next Lenny Cooke, a talented basketball player hampered by his own poor choices. Luckily, Terrell has his best friend and teammate, point guard Danny Wilcox, and Danny's father, their coach, to help him dodge agents, groupies, and shoe company representatives who try to entice him to break rules enforced by the NCAA, an organization that often seems happy to look the other way when offenses are committed discreetly. Terrell, the superhuman athlete, and hotheaded Danny, who is quick to provoke a fight, are recognizable character types whose friendship is sincere and heartfelt. A celebrated author of sports-based fiction, Feinstein paints a convincing—albeit lagging—picture of over-indulged, talented youth preyed upon by unscrupulous opportunists. Sports fans will appreciate the descriptive, action-packed scenes that unfold on the court and grimace at the pressure high-profile players experience once the final buzzer hums. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—A riveting, cautionary tale about behind-the-scenes, big-money pressures confronting talented high school athletes. Blending a breadth of basketball knowledge with an understanding of the vulnerability of young superstars, Feinstein deftly describes the on- and off-court friendships, dilemmas, and decisions made by Massachusetts seniors Terrell Jamerson and Danny Wilcox. When Terrell, the star forward, and Danny, the point guard, are invited to an elite summer camp, Coach Wilcox, Danny's respected and protective father, insists on coming, too-to coach and to keep an eye on the scouts, agents, and well-wishers who surround his players. Here, Terrell and Danny meet Bob Kelleher, a journalist whose personal mission is to expose the good guys and bad guys surrounding the teens. The camp is just the beginning of the media, marketing, and recruiting blitz that consumes nationally top-ranked Terrell. Danny encourages him to tell Kelleher about the backdoor propositions and manipulation that also engulf his mother and her boyfriend. After an emotionally grueling championship season, Terrell and Danny finally face the cameras and announce their college decisions. Teens will enjoy the vibrant court action, player repartee, budding romances, Danny's hot-tempered loyalty, and the realistic portrayal of Terrell's uncertainty. Harvard's Tommy Amaker, Duke's Mike Krzyzweski, and High School Basketball Illustrated's revered editor, Tom Konchalski, make cameo appearances, offering advice and promoting integrity. Meanwhile, two fictitious colleges are portrayed as emerging athletic powerhouses condoning illegal recruiting and kickbacks. Timely hot topics are embedded in this action-packed sports story. Readers will breathlessly await Terrell's final decision.—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-02
Two prominent high school basketballers navigate college decisions amid a throng of unscrupulous coaches, agents, shoe-company representatives and other hangers-on vying for their attention. The third-person narrator switches--sometimes unexpectedly--between two boys' points of view: Terrell Jamerson, one of the most aggressively recruited high school seniors in the country, and his friend and teammate Danny Wilcox. At a summer camp ironically called "School Comes First," the boys get their first taste of what will become a yearlong ordeal. Despite NCAA rules about what kinds of incentives high school and college basketball players can accept, sleazy men in suits keep showing up to court Terrell and anyone they think can influence him. There is a large cast of characters to keep track of, and the story unfolds over most of a year, but sophisticated readers will be rewarded. The on-court scenes excellently pair discussions of plays and strategy with nail-biting, second-by-second action. The off-court intrigue is similarly tense. Danny's quick temper, Terrell's occasional naïveté and their coach's firm levelheadedness clash dramatically with the slick maneuvers of exploitative adults. The factors surrounding Terrell's choices are presented thoughtfully and without didacticism. Thorough and suspenseful; a must-read for those interested in basketball and the dealings surrounding the sport. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375982460
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,382,434
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN FEINSTEIN is the author of many bestselling books, including A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. His books for young readers offer a winning combination of sports, action, and intrigue, with Last Shot receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best young adult mystery of the year. He lives in Potomac, Maryland, and Shelter Island, New York, with his family. 

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    Posted November 14, 2013

    Great book

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    Posted January 20, 2014

    John Feinstein-Foul Trouble

    I got this book from my uncle in the Christmas of 2014. This book look fanaminal. I can tell that John Feinstein is going to be the next big sports writer after Tim Green and Mike Lupica whose books are also great.

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    Tap me

    Im a fifteen yr old girl who loves basketball i like to play it watch it and i never tried reading it. Should i give this book a chance? I dont wanna waste my time.

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