Mr. Douglas here tells an exciting story about basketball without allowing the game to steal the reader's interest away from the hopes, frustrations, and destnies of his characters in their non-athletic pursuits. Mark Henson, 16, moves to a big city in the hope that the scholastic and athletic opportunities at the high school there will qualify him for college and a place in the sun. He learns about adolescents who drive convertibles and slash (other people's) tires, about Varsity-man cliques, and the nouveau riche of Crescent Drive with its picture-window ranches. He even violates that high school taboo known as ""the steady"" when he takes Wanda away from the town's rich bully, though not without retribution. A well-motivated tale with a gallery of clearly delineated characters.