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Along the way, somebody invented the jump shot and the crossover dribble and added a three-point line. Times changed, the game was integrated, players grew taller and more wildly athletic. That evolution is chronicled in Glory Days, as 50 of the state's best high school basketball players from the past five decades sit down to chat with longtime prep basketball scribe Taylor Bell. Every last one of the featured players was an all-state selection. Some led their teams to state titles; others were chosen as Illinois' Mr. Basketball; many were named McDonald's All-Americans.Glory Days pulls its roster from all regions of the state: from southern Illinois (Edwardsville, Centralia, Mount Vernon) to the state's waist (Galesburg, Peoria, Decatur) to north of I-80 (Rockford, Evanston, and many Chicago schools).Each player on the roster relives his time on the high school hardwood, but also reveals what happened after he walked down the aisle in his cap and gown.
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Taylor Bell has covered high school basketball in Illinois for more than 40 years, including every state tournament since 1959. In his first book, Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: High School Basketball in Illinois, published by University of Illinois Press in 2004, he documented the best teams, coaches, players, games, and events from the 1940s through the 1990s.
He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1971, and received the IBCA’s Buzzy O’Connor Award for contributions to the game in 2002. He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, and received the Ring Lardner Award for excellence in print journalism in 2005.
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Book Description Sports Publishing LLC, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M158261945X