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(D-Bow High School Hoops #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  42 reviews
In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Cinco Puntos Press (first published September 20th 2013)
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Joe Barron
Mar 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
“Next”, written by Kevin Waltman shows why in Indiana, basketball is the next thing closest to religion. This especially pertains to Inner City black kids that don’t have anything other than basketball, like the main character of this book, Derrick Bowen. The lightning-quick and very athletic freshman has a lot of confidence about his game. Some may even call it a little bit of cockiness. The book goes deeper than just basketball, it shows what the sport means to these kids, and the main charact ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Probably only a 3 for me, but gotta be a 4+ for the teen thing.]

Even readers who don’t know everything about basketball can follow this lovingly rendered prose that captures the action of high school hoops. Even I, who has perhaps never even watched a complete game of the sport in person or on the tube, can visualize the action and even, sort of, understand the plays and tempo of the game. I suspect that those who are the real audience for this novel—those that love the sport as fans or players
Andre Williams
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I have been reading is the book title Next by Kevin Waltman and the book is a kid name Derrick Bowen and he is a 6foot 3 inches freshman at Marion East. The book takes place in Indianapolis where basketball is supreme In the state. The other main characters are uncle kid how is a bitter ex-basketball star at Marion high, Nick Starks how is a senior his the all-star of the team and plays the same position as Derrick the point grade, his father is a part-time security guard, a girl named ...more
Jonathan Strickler
I recommend everyone to read this book if they want a joyful crazy sports experience.
This book has it all basketball, friendship,relationship, drama, and some tough decision making.
This book is about a kid named Derrick who loves basketball and goes to Marion East high
school. He is a 15 year old kid who’s 6’2 and trying to get a starting point guard spot. The only
problem is the starting spot is taken by a senior named Nick. He also has this coach named
coach Bolden who is a really good coach but
Aidan 4/7
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next is an Extremely awesome book!!! I encourage everyone to read this book or at least give it a chance!!! You wont regret it!!! It starts out with Derrick "D-Bow" Bowen just entering high school. He is determined to be the best player on the team and wants to be the first freshman to do it. Marion East High School loses a lot and every year they get wiped out by every other team. But when Derrick enters the team he really is the best player. He leads the team to second place in their regional ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-sports, 2018
This was okay. My middle school boys both read it and loved it, and it's based in Indianapolis so I thought I'd give it a try. You would have to really like basketball to like this. Half the book is like listening to the play-by-play of a basketball game on the radio. I didn't love all the details. I can understand why a basketball loving teenager would enjoy it though.

I don't plan to read any more in the series, but just to note - my boys told me there is some inappropriate stuff as the books g
Casey King
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really good book
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endlessly creative sports writing, but short on character and story.
Michelle Mcd
This is basically a bunch of play by plays for the games. Very little plot off of the basketball court.
Joey Bryan
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


This was my first book I have read from Kevin Waltman, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the book Next. The purpose of Next was to clearly entertain the reader. It was clear from the point of view being first person. Having the book be in a first person point of view made it so much more entertaining and dramatic, it made the reader feel like you were the main character Derrick Bowen. Since the character is around my age I can relate to him very well. I can feel his emotions from the way t
Ben Reinert
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe the author's purpose was to teach kids how to handle adversity. The reason I believe it is directed towards kids is because it is about a high schooler, so this helps the main character relate more to the kids. Many times throughout the story, Derrick Bowen a.k.a D-Bow, the main character, has to get back up after being knocked down. One of the very first times this happens is when he does not make the starting five over his teammate Nick Starks. He handles this adversity by working l ...more
Johnny Steinwart
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Athletes and lovers of basketball
Recommended to Johnny by: Librarian
Kevin Waltman's purpose for writing this story is to entertain, as well as show the life of a high school athlete. Waltman does a fantastic job of doing in-depth play-by-play of the main character's, Derrick Bowen, basketball games. For example, Waltman's talks about the conversations and tensions in the middle of the huddle in a big game. The emotions and thoughts of all the players are conveyed, and it makes you feel like you are really there watching the game. Waltman also shows the struggles ...more
Marsalis Mitchell
Oct 10, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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In Indianapolis, Indiana basketball is the most important thing to the fresh man Derrick Bowen. Usually everyone calls him D-bow. D-bow is 6'3 and he goes to Marion High. At Marion the school is predominantly black. Derrick looks forward to trying out for the Marion high basketball team. Derrick's advantage at basketball is height and he can throw down that ball. At tryouts his Coach, Bolden, seems to think otherwise. Coach Bolden thinks that Derrick should work on his shot and his passing abil ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Derrick is a good basketball player who has gotten a fair amount of local attention in Indianapolis for his playing. He is on the high school basketball team at Marion High, where he has Coach Bolden, who also worked with his father and Uncle Kid. As the new hot shot on the team, it seems like the older players, especially Starks, are trying to cut him down to size, and it doesn't help that Derrick is trying to make time with Starks' girlfriend, Jasmine. Derrick is struggling with fitting in and ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion.
Especially for an inner-city black kid like Derrick Bowen.
For 15 year old Derrick going by the nick name “D-Bow”
basketball is life. He's a 6’3 freshman lightning quick, and
he can slam the rock. He dreams of being a starting point
guard for Indianapolis high school. Eventually playing in
the NBA, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down
mainly because the coach is old school. Everyone has an
opinion about how Derrick should reach those goals, t
Mikah Lawrence
Curse Words!!!!!
The authors purpose of writing this book is that you have have to follow your heart in a descion you make. The author show the readers that you cant rely on other people to make important decisions in your life. You have to do what you think is right.
The theme of this book is that you have to do what you think is right. In this book Bowen has to make an important decision whether he want to transfer to a high school where the basketball team is very good and could most likely win state, also th
From January 2014 School Library Journal: Gr 7 Up—Derrick Bowen is ready to be the star of his high school basketball team. He was a hero in middle school, but senior Nick Starks isn't about to concede his starting point-guard position. Even when Derrick outperforms him, the coach continues to start Nick, and uses Derrick to sub for other starters. Derrick's uncle, a former Marion East player who still blames Coach Bolden for getting in the way of his own basketball dreams, tries to convince his ...more
Shanna Miles
I will admit that sports books are outside of my comfort zone. I'm a vampire and alternate reality type of girl, but I will say that Waltman's Next: D'Bow's High School Hoops drew me in with great dialogue and the kind of break-neck action that has you waiting on the end of your seat and skipping to the next page to see what will happen next, and this is despite my little knowledge of basketball terminology, and that's saying quite a bit. I was four chapters in before I figured out a "bucket" wa ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Derrick Bowden is a 6’3 freshman playing on his high school basketball team and has dreams of winning the state championship. However Derrick begins to stumble upon distractions outside of basketball including a struggling relationship with his crush and pressure to transfer schools thus diminishing his ability to play basketball well. Derrick wonders if he can power through these problems and win the state championship.
This book makes me thinks about the opportunities you have in life if you w
Ian Farmer
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next by Kevin Waltman is a sports novel about a teenager by the name of Derrick Bowen who is a freshman at Marion East High School and wants to take the lead spot of starting point guard on the basketball team. Derrick has an advantage that makes it easier to accomplish his goal. Derrick's talents are recognized and a school called Hamilton Academy wants to recruit him, not only do they want to recruit him but they offer his father a well-needed full time job if he does play for them.
I personal
Alexis D'Ambrosio-8
Kevin Waltman's book, Next, is about a boy, Derrick, who has a dream and skill to play NBA basketball. Derrick lives in Indianapolis in a African American neighborhood. His goal this year is to make the varsity basketball team at Marion East. The coach tries to teach him how to be part of a team rather than being a "ball hog" and not passing the ball around. I liked how the Waltman explained every detail throughout the whole basketball game. I felt like I was actually in the stands at the game. ...more
For some readers, this will be a four or five star book. Kids who live and breath basketball will find a kindred spirit here in Waltman's D-Bow. He's a freshman-almost-starter who has some school skills, but whose passion is hoop. Waltman doesn't skimp on the games, plays, and on-court detail. And there is more to this: a love interest, a friendship under stress, and big decissions that effect more than just our protagonist.

It is a longer book, and there are teams of players to be processed, so
My peeps who read sports here in Indiana will probably throw five stars at Nextby Kevin Waltman. It contains a lot of play-by-play ball, which is a good thing. Too many sports book these days dwell on some dysfunctional aspect of the player's family or neighborhood. This story is pretty much pure ball. It describing basketball standout "D-Bow's" freshman season, Waltman emphasizes the hard decisions the kid has to make for himself and his team.

The plethora of references to Indianapolis schools
Galaan Omar
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Xavier St.myer
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This book didn't appeal to me as much as it could have, but it was a good read. It takes place in downtown Indianapolis and follows Derrick Bowen, a basketball prodigy who is enrolled as a high school freshman at Marion East, a nice, familiar place. I'm not one for basketball, but this book was very entertaining when describing both games and the funny events of Derrick's life. Kevin Waltman does and excellent job at creating realistic high school characters, using slang and language that most k ...more
Bayleigh Klinedinst

This book is great, even for people who don’t necessarily understand sports. Derrick Bowen, or D-Bow, is a freshman at Marion High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Basketball is his sport. His goal is to be the starting point guard for the basketball team, but the coach doesn’t always see eye to eye with him and makes him sit on the bench. When Hamilton Academy wants him at their school, the drama begins. I thought this book was very interesting and action packed. I thought it was awesome that i
Grant Stadther
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a fantastic book. I loved the point of view that it gave. The book showed you the world through the life of a high school basketball player having to choose between hoops and friends. Considering some of the language, this book should probably be read by a mature audience. Overall, I though that this book was a great one, as I could not put it down. It kept me coming back for more which is what I look for in a book. I would recommend this book to any sports fan, as I am n ...more
Will D
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Next by Kevin Waltman is the great story of Derrick Bowens an amazing freshman high school basketball player in Indiana. I love the way Waltman portrayed the ending of a rivalry and the starting of a friendship through one of my favorite things, basketball. Along with showing the beginning of a friendship he also shows other things like loyalty and a little bit of romance. Waltman has struck genius with this book and I can't wait to read the next book in the series Slump.
Diego Wright
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
follow the story of a boy name Derrick who live in Indianapolis. The book follow Derrick struggle to maintain his parent academic standards and To try to play ball while is team not doing so hot. Derrick have to swallow his pride to be a team player instead of the main scorer. I recommend this for teens because it is a good read into the drama that go into a teenager life, the story was well written and thought out. I wouldn't recommend this book for more mature readers.
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Kevin Waltman was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, and spent his teens and twenties in Indiana--time spent mostly around basketball courts and political events. He moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2001 to get his MFA in fiction at The University of Alabama. There, he met his wife, Jessica Kidd. He now lives in Coker, Alabama, with Jessica, their daughter Calla, and their dog Henry. He teaches. He wri ...more

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