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
From the Hardcover edition.
About John Feinstein
John Feinstein is the author of many bestselling books, including A Season on the Brink, A Good Walk Spoiled, and Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball.
His books for young readers—Last Shot,Vanishing Act, Cover-Up, Change-Up, The Rivalry, Rush for the Gold, and Foul Trouble—offer a winning combination of sports, action, and intrigue, with Last Shot receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best young adult mystery.
He began his career at the Washington Post, where he worked as both a political and sports reporter. He has also written for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily, and is currently a contributor to the Washington Post, Golf World, the Golf Channel, and hosts a daily radio show on the CBS Sports Radio Network.
John Feinstein lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his family.
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.”
From the Hardcover edition.
NOMINEE 2014 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
NOMINEE 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE 2014 Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year