Boys Among Men

Boys Among Men

How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked A Basketball Revolution

eBook - 2016
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The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA. When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college--as young basketball prodigies were expected to do--but instead enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year. Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era--Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable "busts" who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation. In compelling, masterfully crafted prose, Boys Among Men goes behind the scenes and draws on hundreds of firsthand interviews to paint insightful and engaging portraits of the most pivotal figures and events during this time. Award-winning basketball writer Jonathan Abrams has obtained remarkable access to the key players, coaches, and other movers and shakers from that time, and the result is a book packed with rare insights and never-before-published details about this chapter in NBA history. Boys Among Men is a thrilling, informative, must-read for any basketball fan.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780804139267
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 17, 2017

Great book for any NBA fan. Provides insight into the players that succeeded and failed in making the leap from high school to the NBA. Also provides commentary on how the current system is flawed and various opinions on how to fix it.

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Jun 14, 2016

Abrams details the paths of several high school to NBA players, both the successes and the failures. He goes in depth into the history of players going prep to pro, and examines the impact that it had on the NBA, both in regards to the on-court product and the rules set out by the NBA.

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