A guard on Bobby Knight's first Army basketball team describes how the coach's tenure at West Point shaped Knight's pattern of behavior during his career at Indiana and Texas Tech.
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A West Point graduate and decorated Vietnam veteran, JACK ISENHOUR averaged a whopping 1.6 points per game as a backup guard on Bob Knight’s first team in 1965-66. After going mysteriously undrafted by his beloved Celtics, Isenhour settled into a career as a television journalist where most recently he was the co-creator and executive producer of a nationally syndicated PBS talk show. Over the years, he has received numerous national honors for his television journalism including the Headliner and Robert F. Kennedy Awards. Currently working as a writer and artist, Isenhour lives in Nashville with wife, Dana Moore, a director at Education Networks of America (ENA). He has one son, Will.From Booklist:
Isenhour, an award-winning television journalist, was a seldom-used guard on Bob Knight's first Army basketball (1965-66). His premise is that the Knight we know today--controversial, temperamental, successful--was forged by his tenure at West Point when he became the Cadets' head coach at the ridiculously young age of 25. The raw material was there: a fierce competitor in high school and college, Knight was the kid skidding around the court diving after loose balls. When Army coach Tates Locke resigned to take another position, he recommended that his young assistant succeed him. Knight's inherent competitiveness flourished at West Point during the Vietnam era. He developed a style--stifling defense, patient offense--that maximized the skills of players who were not big and not heavily recruited. Filled with great anecdotes from former players and Isenhour's self-deprecating replays of his time--yesterday and today--with Knight, this is a compelling look at the early career of a man who will soon become the winningest college coach in history. Wes Lukowsky
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