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

The Jump Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball On NBA draft night June high school senior Sebastian Telfair awaited his future inside a suite at the Trump International Hotel One of the most hyped high school players of all time with a

  • Title: The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High-Stakes Business of High School Ball
  • Author: Ian O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781594861079
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On NBA draft night, June 24, 2004, high school senior Sebastian Telfair awaited his future inside a suite at the Trump International Hotel One of the most hyped high school players of all time, with a 20 million Adidas deal in hand, Sebastian found himself in the same position as NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, both of whom shot to stardom without playiOn NBA draft night, June 24, 2004, high school senior Sebastian Telfair awaited his future inside a suite at the Trump International Hotel One of the most hyped high school players of all time, with a 20 million Adidas deal in hand, Sebastian found himself in the same position as NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, both of whom shot to stardom without playing a day of college ball THE JUMP offers an inside view of Sebastian s journey a rags to riches story of a kid from the Coney Island projects who succeeds in leaving behind the chaos, violence and economic hardship at home for a multi million dollar life of professional ball and product endorsement Drawing on exclusive interviews with friends, family, coaches, recruiters, agents and players, USA Today columnist Ian O Connor offers an intimate portrait of the promising young player s senior year at Lincoln High School and explores the changing nature of basketball in America today.Sebastian Telfair exemplifies a new dynamic emerging in basketball young, talented teenagers who skip college on the way to NBA fortune and fame But what is this trend doing to the sport And do the adults who have hitched their hopes on Sebastian s rising star have the young player s best interests in mind THE JUMP dives head first into today s high stakes, anything goes basketball culture, examining the sneaker companies intent on securing charismatic and mediagenic players to hawk their wares college boosters willing to break NCAA rules by offering cash incentives to lure promising players to their schools high school administrators securing big appearance fees from promoters agents wooing players and their families and walking the thin line dictating amateur status rules for high school and college ball.O Connor also delves into the dream that the NBA holds for so many families a child drafted into the pros offers a first class ticket out of the projects A colorful cast of characters featured in THE JUMP includes the faces shaping the sport today Rick Pitino, head coach of the University of Louisville, who recruits Sebastian with the hope of delivering his team to an NCAA championship only to see his dreams dashed by Sebastian s decision to enter the NBA draft Andy Miller, the agent who vies to sign up Sebastian despite Erica and Otis Telfair s reservations Stephon Marbury, star of the New York Knicks, who sees Sebastian as a rival than a cousin THE JUMP delivers exclusive details on the fracture in the Marbury and Telfair relationship, including interviews with the point guards and relatives on the subject of the family feud Sonny Vacaro, at different times the face of Nike, Adidas, and Reebok, who uses sneaker company cash to entice coaches and young players Jay Z, rapper and owner of Telfair s summer league team.Under O Connor s penetrating scrutiny, Sebastian Telfair becomes the prism through which the circus of modern basketball is explored Can he succeed, or will he flame out too young, too small, too unprepared And what is this new trend in basketball doing to the athletes, to college basketball programs, to the quality of play in the NBA and to society at large As Dave Kindred of The Sporting News states, THE JUMP is a 21st century thrill ride into the shadows and bright lights of a basketball culture that breaks hearts and makes superstars.
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    • Will Johnson says:

      History books, given the gift of hindsight and the element of time, are wonderful things since they carry with them contradictions and ‘I can’t believe people did/thought/said/etc. that back then’ kind of moments. The greatest parts of the history book are when someone is proven either incredibly right when faced with continued denials or proven immensely wrong due to some sort of malevolent fate. History is full of moments where some genius will say something like ‘television will never [...]

    • John2012 says:

      Have you ever read a book that deals with the business side of basketball as well as the physical, and mental part? Well that’s exactly what The Jump: Sebastian Telfair & the High-Stakes Business of High School Ball by Ian O’Connor is about. I love this book because it shows you that basketball isn’t all about putting a ball in the basket its way bigger than that and their is a price if you don’t play right. Another reason is it tells you the struggle that people go through and for s [...]

    • Dan says:

      This is a really interesting look at the world of amateur and pro basektball and all of the things involved when considering a career in pro sports. It follows Sebastian Telfair as he prepares to make the jump from high school basketball to the NBA. Along with the main story, O'Connor, the reporter following Telfair during his senior year, interviews NBA players, execs, Lebron James, shoe representatives and anyone else with an insider's view of this situation.As intersting as it is at times, it [...]

    • Jeramey says:

      An easy read that holds up ten years later. I was expecting it to feel really dated (and in some ways, you could argue it does, but they're irrelevant to the story told), but it avoids that by focusing on that single year and what came before it.Books like this are always interesting for knowing where the various people ended up ten years later (Telfair barely in the NBA, Livingston's what-if potential, Dwight Howard being so dominant, Darius Washington's irrelevance), and for learning how they [...]

    • Tabitha says:

      The book followed Sebastian Telfairs "jump" from playing High school basketball to the NBA. I enjoyed it because it takes you to a place that isn't normally talked about and that is the celebrity that highly rated high school players have. He wasn't even 18 and was on the cover of magazines and considered to be a future great, all without having even played an NBA game. I recommend this book to fans of the game of basketball as you get to see the behind the scenes look of a kid going to the leag [...]

    • Aldin Medunjanin says:

      This is one of the best basketball book biographys that ive read and i really enjoyed it. Sebastian Telfair is a proffesional basketball player who entered the NBA right out of high school. This was a big step for him, and to this day he probably regrets his choice of doing this. The book takes you through how he lived his life growing up playing basketball in Coney island and how he made his way out of the projects,

    • Ignas Bernotas says:

      This book is increadible 5/5 stars. The story of Sebastian Telfair was told increadibly well by the author and this book is exciting from the first page to its last page and has you on the edge of your seat. This is one of the best books ive ever read and the best book about sports ive ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone because it is just an amazing book that is fluid and well described and just flawless in every way that a book should be.

    • Corey says:

      Really informative, well-written account of the beginning of Telfair's career. Also an interesting look into sports culture. In between the lines there's a critique of the absurd materialism that currently thrives in this country. O'Connor is definitely one of the better sports journalists out there.

    • James England says:

      The book is about a basketball player who is skipping college and going to the nba.He faces the media and critisim. I thought the book was poorly written. the story line was very repative.For some reason though this book is really addicting

    • Jessica says:

      not just a book about Sebastian Telfair but also an exposé of the sneaker execs and AAU hoops

    • Mark says:

      Good starter if you want to delve into the underbelly of amateur athletics. O'Connor doesn't appear to pull any punches.

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