(2004). Basketball on the playgrounds of Coney Island is much more than a game — for many young men it is their escape from a life of crime, poverty, and despair. Darcy Frey chronicles the aspirations of four of the neighborhood’s most promising players. What they have going for them is athletic talent, grace, and years of dedication. But working against them are woefully inadequate schooling, family circumstances that are often desperate, and the slick, brutal world of college athletic recruitment.