Courtside, by Derick Loury, is an autobiography of the growth, development, and challenges of a man who has a rich range of experiences growing up—and after. Basketball is his passion in high school—and kind of a centering point for holding things in the rest of his life together. He is very inspired by basketball and a talented player, and with his techniques and diligence, is also sought after by coaches.
Many of his friends and people who will help him later in life he meets through high school basketball. He goes away to college, on a basketball scholarship, but misses family and friends and does not connect with his first college, and though he's on the basketball team, the coach doesn't let him do much and he has no opportunity to shine as he did in high school. He transfers to another college, but soon his passion changes from basketball to a non-sports profession, which ends up being police work and then eventually a prison warden. His contacts from earlier stages in life, his sports buddies, his fraternity members—and his strong religious beliefs—help him and guide him toward fulfillment.