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

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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...

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Overview

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.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594864476
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 582,884
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

IAN O'CONNOR, a columnist for USA Today, has won numerous national writing awards and is one of the most respected sports journalists in America. He also appears on ESPN's popular The Sports Reporters and on roundtable shows on WCBS-TV. He lives in northern New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Nick

    Telefair is preety good

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Any Sports Fan Can't Miss This- Must Read!

    For any young sports fan, The Jump is a must read because it takes you deep into the life of a young hoop star who is surrounded by poverty, press, drugs and life changing decisions. Ian O' Connor goes into the life of Sebastian Telfair, a 6 foot point guard who made the leap from high school to the NBA. Some of the greats such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have done so and been successful. Straight out of Brooklyn's Lincoln High School Telfair made the decision to skip out on college experience and sign a multimillion dollar deal with the Portland Trailblazers. A major message that came to my mind when reading was that if you love something, put everything you have into it so you can reach your potential. All 100% has to be fully dedicated to whatever it is you want to accomplish, and Sebastian is a prime example of just that. Not only did Telfair have his heart into it but so did the people around him, the sacrifices his mother made just so Sebastian could have new basketball shoes and play in certain tournaments was mind blowing. One thing I enjoyed while reading was the "rawness" of the book, Ian O' Connor wasn't afraid to jump into the negative aspects of Telfair's life, and the struggles he had to overcome. At times the book seemed to drag on however, and unnecessary information about teammate's life could sometimes get boring. Any sports fan should read this because it gives hope to athletes who may not have enough financially or meet the stereotypical heights for sports. This book is about a talented ball player from Brooklyn who makes the jump from poverty to million dollar shoe deals. Once again it shows that anyone can make it to the top if there mind as well as heart is dedicated. When Sebastian made it, it wasn't just for himself; it was for his whole family. Other recommended works by O' Connor would be, Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus and Golf's greatest Rivals. Overall I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, because O' Connor kept you turning the page to experience the journey of young Sebastian Telfair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

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    This was one of the greatest books i have ever read. It gives you a good look at the high school sports world as well as well as the business side of things. Sebastian Telfair was one of the best players to ever coem out of New York and while doign that he managed to do everything he needed to do in the business world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    FINALLY A GOOD BASKETBALL BOOK

    This book was awesome. It really tells you about what goes down during a high school basketball season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    The Jump

    A good book that shows in sight on a lot of things. First thing is Telfair's life as well as his familly member's life. It talks about his realationship with his cousin, stephon maurbury. iT also shows some insights on how athlete's choose endorsement deals and how high school ballers who are low class choose beetween whats right and a lot of money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    THE BEST REVIEW EVER

    Sebastian Telfair is a hard working young man from the Bronx. Most to all of his family has tried to make a living out of basketball. The only success so far was his cousin, Stephon Marbury. Sebastian had some big shoes to fill. He filled them well. He took the ball and ran with it. He had a great attitude towards life. Although he was from the slum part of New York, he stayed away from drugs, partying, etc. The New York people respected him and his decision and watched him on his way to glory. This is a great book if you like basketball. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a good fast read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Good subject, too many characters involved

    Although there was a lot of good insight into the competitive nature of high school basketball and the fine lines coaches (high school, college, and summer league), agents, shoe companies, and NBA teams walk along year-round with summer teams, summer camps, and high school teams, I felt like the writing was choppy and sometimes confusing. Granted, there were a lot of characters involved, but too many times I got lost trying to figure out who was being talked about. I agree that more needs to be written and learned about high school/summer basketball, but this book just had too many story lines and needed a sharper focus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Outstanding!!!

    For anyone interested in basketball and in discovering how much power shoe companies wield, read this book! This book is not just about Sebastian Telfair, though Telfair fans will love this book about his life. It uses Tefair's life as the backdrop for a story about the High Stakes Business of High School Basketball, shoe companies, AAU teams and the NBA. I'm a big Telfair fan but I enjoyed this book all the more because it discusses the ins and outs of what these kids go through. A terrific book that needed to be written!

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