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Taking the Shot: The Davidson Basketball Moment Paperback – December 10, 2008

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Michael Kruse has been a staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times since 2005. Before that, he was the editor of the ACC Basketball Handbook, a senior writer for Basketball America and the writer at large for the Times Herald-Record in New York. His work also has appeared in The Sporting News, ESPN The Magazine and Charlotte and Cleveland magazines, and on cbs.sportsline.com and ESPN.com. Kruse was born outside of Los Angeles and raised outside of Boston. He graduated in 2000 from Davidson College in North Carolina and now lives in Florida.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Butler Books; First edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884532985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884532986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In extraordinary fashion, Mr. Kruse describes Davidson Basketball's dream season, including the blow-by-blow of the final seconds of the final game. But more than that, he paints a complete picture of a coach and a team striving for success in a competitive environment where success is rarely attained, and is fleeting even when found.

You don't have to be a player or a coach to enjoy this book. If you can believe in something greater than yourself, then by the final page you will believe in Davidson, and all of the other "Davidsons" that will grace amateur sports for years to come.
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Kruse's book does a nice job of filling in the background of how Davidson's basketball team developed to it's moment of being the 2008 NCAA Tournament sweethearts, capturing the affection of just about every fan except those who supported their opponents in each game.

Interesting analysis also about how getting to the point of Jason Richard's last (missed) shot was the triumph itself-more important than
the fact that he missed the shot and their successful run was over. Recommended for coaches, fans, and players who themselves may one day face the chance to make (or miss) that game-winning , last second shot. My only regret is that this book wasn't longer!
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What a phenomenal story: This is more than a true-to-life tale of small school's adventures among the giants of NCAA March Madness in a quest for the national championship. It is, more to the point, the story of a unique educational institution dedicated to merging academic excellence and honorable behavior and how adherence to fundamental principles translates into success both on and off the basketball court. Davidson is one of the best kept secrets; a truly great small college offering a world-class education that transcends the classroom. Kruse's crisply written tale gives the reader a sense of what the Davidson magic is all about.
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Kruse creatively takes you through the journey of Davidson's Cinderella season, with insight from coach, players and those connected to team. It was a delightful and insightful read.
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Great story of the little school that could. As an alumni, brought tears to my eyes to relive it.
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