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

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 playi ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2005 by Rodale Books (first published January 13th 2005)
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William Johnson
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 last’ o ...more
Nov 06, 2008 John2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: basketball fans
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 some peo ...more
Dec 06, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 Jeramey rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
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
Feb 09, 2011 Tabitha rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aldin Medunjanin
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
Dec 06, 2008 Ignas Bernotas rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 03, 2013 Corey rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2011 James England rated it it was ok
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
Jul 01, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
not just a book about Sebastian Telfair but also an exposé of the sneaker execs and AAU hoops
Aug 06, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
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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