Written by one of the most respected sports journalists in America, Ian O'Conner, "The Jump," delves into former McDonald's All-American and University of Louisville signee Sebastian Telfair's senior season at Lincoln High School and his decision to by-pass college basketball and become the first player under 6-5 selected in the first round of the NBA Draft without collegiate experience.
O'Conner, a columnist for USA Today who followed every moment of Telfair's senior season, draws on dozens of exclusive interviews with friends, family members, coaches, recruiters, agents, and players, including LeBron James and Telfair's cousin Stephon Marbury. Under O'Connor's penetrating scrutiny, Telfair, who has already been handed a 6-year sneaker deal from Adidas reported to be worth as much as $15 million, becomes the prism through which the circus of modern basketball is explored.
Additionally, O'Conner devotes an entire chapter in "The Jump," to Telfair's sold-out game against Pleasure Ridge Park in Louisville, his only appearance in the town where he signed to play for Rick Pitino's Cardinals.
"There's a lot of Pitino and Louisville material in the book, as you might imagine," said O'Conner. "Sebastian expressed some interesting thoughts about both throughout the book."
Of local interest, InsideTheVille.com, the largest and most popular website devoted to coverage of University of Louisville athletics, is cited throughout the book, especially in the chapter dealing with Lincoln's game in Louisville.
"There's a lot of Pitino stuff throughout the book [that should interest Louisville fans]," O'Conner said.
The book is currently available for purchase at Amazon.com for the discounted rate of $16.77. It's available only in hardcover and contains 320-pages.
"No journalist in America gets to the heart and soul of sports culture stories like Ian O'Connor." -- Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times
O'Conner will be doing a book signing in Louisville on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22 and 23. He'll also appear on Inside The Ville Radio Monday, Feb. 21 and complimentary copies of the book will be available for those who attend that night's broadcast at Tailgaters Bar and Grill.