Play Their Hearts Out
A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
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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.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES • THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR • KIRKUS REVIEWS
Look for the exclusive conversation between George Dohrmann and bestselling author Seth Davis in the back of the book.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Must Read For Club/AAU Parents
Any parent considering or currently involved in Club/AAU basketball must read this book. Although all coaches and programs are not like the ones described in this book, it opens your eyes to some very sad truths that take place at the elite level.
Was really good book that brought light to an underground money maker I hope this guy writes a book about the players after they finish college. Awesome book.
Play their hearts out
Well written,quick read,poignant....makes you want to continue following how their lives ( Demetrius,Roberto,Justin,Aaron,etc..) are turning out.