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Coach Kermit Davis, former coach of Tupelo High School and Mississippi State University
Can one small school accomplish the impossible? Does the heart of a champion beat in their chests?
Mississippi, 1964. Poverty-stricken Dean Barnes lives and breathes basketball. Idolizing his court-dominating big brother, his hoops-obsessed community goes wild when the high school team wins the state championship. But when tragedy strikes, the devastated teenager tumbles into a self-destructive spiral.
Drowning his sorrows by shunning his friends and getting drunk at parties, Dean is surprised when the high school basketball coach takes him under his wing. And emboldened by his new mentor's unswerving faith in the team's potential, the freshly motivated player redirects his grief at winning the ultimate title against all odds.
Can a lonely teen get past his tragic loss and achieve the dream of a lifetime?
The Measure of a Man is an uplifting coming-of-age novel. If you like rooting for the underdog, stories based on true-life, and the triumph of the human spirit, then you'll love Jerri Hines's inspirational sports drama.
Buy The Measure of a Man to unleash the power of belief today!
The Story Behind the Inspiration for The Measure of a Man
In a time when Prentiss County, Mississippi, was known as Basketball Country, the New Site Royals became one of the most dominating teams in the state. New Site was also one of the smallest schools in the state. The farming community had only a hundred and twenty students in attendance, one gas station, and a zip code. What the Royals did have was a belief that all things were possible, instilled in them by their coach, Coach Gerald Caveness. On March 8, 1969, in Jackson, Mississippi, the New Site Royals, State B champions, took the court against Jackson Wingfield Falcons, State AA champions for the Grand Slam Championship. The Royals faced insurmountable odds facing the largest school in the state. A coach and his boys took an impossible shot at the ultimate title.
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