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'The Jump'

In this book excerpt, we learn how Sebastian Telfair was wooed by sneaker companies and how he sweated out draft night.

Updated: March 30, 2005, 3:46 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | Special to ESPN.com

The following is excerpted from "The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High-Stakes Business of High School Ball" by Ian O'Connor. Copyright (c) 2005 by Ian O'Connor. Excerpted by permission of Rodale. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

By seven inches, 5-foot-11 Sebastian Telfair became the shortest high school player ever taken in the draft lottery last summer when the Portland Trail Blazers selected ...

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