Hoop Dreams

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Hoop Dreams


Hoop Dreams is a story about two young men who want to become basketball

players in the NBA. The author Ben Joravsky wrote the book. The idea for

the book came from the documentary movie, Hoop Dreams, which is a true story.

Arthur Agee and William Gates are the names of the two boys who were

followed from eighth grade to twelve grade to do the movie.

Arthur Agee was a 5'6 125 pound guard from the playgrounds of Chicago

when St Joseph recruiters saw him. Arthur was playing against guy's three

years older than he was and he was still the best in the neighborhood.

Arthur's parents Bo and Sheila Agee were very poor people who were on cocaine

and could not support their family. Big Earl, the guy who recruited Arthur

told his family that St. Joe's would be able to pay Arthur's tuition if he

played basketball for them. Arthur went to St. Joe's and met William Gates.

They had become friends in grade school but had never really done anything

together. Eventually William turned out to be the better player and all the

attention and money was focused on him. Therefore, Arthur was booted out of

St. Joe's in the middle of the school year. He was forced to enroll at

Marshall, the area public school. As a result, Arthur could see his dreams

of the NBA were slipping away. Along with that, he couldn't keep his grades

up enough to attend a Division I school. He and the Marshall Commandos ended

up going downstate Arthur's senior year. They finished third in the state

overall. Arthur ended up going to a junior college named Mineral Area in

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