An off-beat basketball story, this has more sympathy for its characters and actually stays in the mind when the last paragraph is finished. It is written almost as if the author had experienced it himself. It takes a recognizable situation too-one in which a high school team, short and on the skids, is presented with a chance for recovery when a new tall player joins the group. He is Miles Talbert but no ordinary boy. Seven feet tall, Miles comes to Greenwood Union as a senior who won't do the team any good next year and as a newcomer to sports on account of former trouble with his weak legs. Self conscious of his height and his health, Miles finds a third problem in Billy Washington, a Negro boy against whom Miles' southern background has prejudiced him. But with Billy, bothered by his color as Miles is by his own social drawbacks, the two boys help cancel out each other's troubles and make the backbone of a team that gets the state championship. Told through the eyes of their coach, this scores for better sports writing.