Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: October 2010
Duration: 15 hours 10 minutes
Eight years of unfetteredaccess and a keen sense of a story's deepest truths allow PulitzerPrize-winning journalist George Dohrmann to take readers inside the machinethat produces America's basketball stars. Drawing on eight years of reportingand telling the very specific tale of one talented young recruit, his coach,and his teammates, Dohrmann immerses listeners in the world of grassrootsbasketball, where men hunt for future NBA stars and young boys and theirparents navigate a tumultuous course in pursuit of basketball glory.
At the book's heart arethe personal stories of two compelling figures: Joe Keller, an ambitious coachwith 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 liveup to unrealistic expectations. In Play Their Hearts Out, Dohrmann presents athoroughly compelling narrative, exposing the gritty reality beneath so manydreams of fame and glory.