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

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Staff Pick

Chronicling the rise of New York City high school basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair, The Jump tells the story of life as a basketball prodigy in an age of media hype and endorsement deals. A stimulating and informative read for basketball fans, or anyone interested in what it's like to be singled out and shoved into the spotlight.
Recommended by David, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Telfair emerges as a likable young man whose millions, at this point, guarantee him only that others will continue to take advantage of him. This will be the most discussed book of the NBA season." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"A must-read for anyone who cares about basketball, about sports, or about young athletes trying to come of age." John Feinstein, author of A Season on the Brink

Review:

"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

Review:

"No journalist in America gets to the heart and soul of sports culture stories like Ian O'Connor." Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The Jump stands tall as the definitive work on the preps-to-pros phenomenon that has dramatically altered the culture of the sport." Harvey Araton, coauthor of Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA

Synopsis:

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 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.

Synopsis:

One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594864476
Author:
O'Connor, Ian
Publisher:
Rodale Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Basketball players
Subject:
Basketball - General
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Basketball players -- United States.
Subject:
High school athletes - United States
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Basketball General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
February 7, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.81 x 0.88 in

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Product details 352 pages Rodale Press - English 9781594864476 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Chronicling the rise of New York City high school basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair, The Jump tells the story of life as a basketball prodigy in an age of media hype and endorsement deals. A stimulating and informative read for basketball fans, or anyone interested in what it's like to be singled out and shoved into the spotlight.

"Review" by , "Telfair emerges as a likable young man whose millions, at this point, guarantee him only that others will continue to take advantage of him. This will be the most discussed book of the NBA season."
"Review" by , "A must-read for anyone who cares about basketball, about sports, or about young athletes trying to come of age."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "No journalist in America gets to the heart and soul of sports culture stories like Ian O'Connor."
"Review" by , "The Jump stands tall as the definitive work on the preps-to-pros phenomenon that has dramatically altered the culture of the sport."
"Synopsis" by , 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 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.

"Synopsis" by , One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , 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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