Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution

Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution

Jonathan Abrams


The definitive, never-before-told tale of the prep-to-pro iteration, these basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the bounce at once from highschool to the NBA.
 
whilst Kevin Garnett stunned the area by way of saying that he wouldn't be attending college—as younger basketball prodigies have been anticipated to do—but as an alternative input the 1995 NBA draft at once from highschool, he blazed a path for a iteration of youngster basketball gamers to go immediately for the professionals. That pattern might proceed until eventually the NBA instituted an age restrict in 2005, requiring all avid gamers to wait collage or one other developmental application for no less than one year.
 
Over that decade-plus interval, the record of gamers who made that tough jump contains essentially the most celebrated gamers of the trendy era—Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and diverse different stars. it is usually striking “busts” who both bodily or mentally proved not able to address the transition. yet for greater or for worse, the face of the NBA used to be eternally replaced by way of the prep-to-pro generation.

In compelling, masterfully crafted prose, Boys between Men goes backstage and attracts on enormous quantities of firsthand interviews to color insightful and interesting photographs of the main pivotal figures and occasions in this time. Award-winning basketball author Jonathan Abrams has received notable entry to the most important avid gamers, coaches, and different movers and shakers from that point, and the result's a publication filled with infrequent insights and never-before-published information about this bankruptcy in NBA history. Boys between Men is an exhilarating, informative, must-read for any basketball fan.

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