The book's central story is about the early basketball development of Demetrius Walker, who in 2005 was featured in a Sports Illustrated article that touted him as "the next LeBron James." Walker is currently playing basketball for the UNM Lobos.
Mr. Dohrmann will be here in Albuquerque covering the NCAA tournament, and graciously agreed to do an event with us on March 14 at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Winner of the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting
Winner of the Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Youth Sports
Eight years of unfettered access and a keen sense of a story’s deepest truths allow Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Dohrmann to take readers inside the machine that produces America’s basketball stars. Play their hearts out reveals a cutthroat world where boys as young as eight or nine are subjected to a dizzying torrent of scrutiny and exploitation. At the book’s heart are the personal stories of two compelling figures: Joe Keller, an ambitious coach with a master plan to find and promote “the next LeBron,” and Demetrius Walker, a fatherless latchkey kid who falls under Keller’s sway and struggles to live up to unrealistic expectations. Complete with a new “where-are-they-now” epilogue by the author, this thoroughly compelling narrative exposes the gritty reality that lies beneath so many dreams of fame and glory.
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