Hoop Dreams

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Robert Deiz
AS 201 MW 5:30 – 7:20
The movie I chose for my presentation is Hoop Dreams. This movie was produced in 1994 by Steve James, Fred Marx and Peter Gilbert. Hoop Dreams is an excellent three hour documentary about two black boys growing up in the inner city of Chicago, Illinois with aspirations of playing basketball in the NBA. The movie starts out when William Gates and Arthur Agee are going to enter high school. William and Arthur both are recruited by Earl Smith a talent scout to attend the famous private school St. Joseph. St. Joseph High School is a predominantly white-suburban private High School in Illinois similar to Detroit Country Day High School in Michigan. They both receive a half scholarship to attend Isiah Thomas’s former high school.

It takes both William and Arthur three hours round trip a day to attend St. Joseph. William is 4 inches taller than Arthur but they both play the guard position in basketball, Arthur is having trouble adapting to his new environment and is playing on St. Joseph’s freshman basketball team. While William, is playing well coming off the bench on the varsity team. Both William and Arthur have tested on a fifth grade academic level. St. Joseph has gone “down state” five out of the last six years. Going “down state” means your team was one of the last eight teams to play for the state title. William makes the honor roll and has a sponsor named Patricia Weir who pays the remaining balance of his tuition. Arthur is not as fortunate and has to leave St. Joseph owing his remaining tuition balance.

During their sophomore year Arthur attends Marshall public High School in the inner city of Chicago, Illinois. Arthur’s dad Bo leaves the family after 20 years of marriage and is addicted to crack cocaine. William is playing great for St. Joseph during this year. William’s brother Curtis was also a good basketball player who received a scholarship to Central Florida University. Curtis coach said he had a bad...
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