G. Thomas Baer is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University where he has taught for over 35 years. During his tenure, he has served as Elementary Education Coordinator, Department Chair, and instructor of elementary education courses specializing in reading instruction. Before teaching at the university level, he was an elementary and junior high teacher who coached basketball and football.
Mike Daniels dreams of making the freshman basketball team. During tryouts, six footer John Reardon deliberately smashes into Mike sending him crashing to the hardwood. With the cracking of bones in his right wrist, Mike realizes his dream is over. His later efforts to make the sophomore team and get even with John wind through a series of events leading up to the conference championship game.