Recruiting Blue Chip Prospects

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Pub Date 07 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2023

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Recruiting Blue Chip Prospects exposes the high-stakes college recruitment of T.R. Ward, an African-American basketball phenom. The novel spotlights Ward’s senior classmate and friend, Patrick Kiernan, himself recruited by a local sports editor to chronicle Ward and the team’s season. Realistic relationships run the gamut as conflicts abound, and relationships get tested.

The narrative, set in 1991 but framed to provide a final jolt into the present, features memorable characters, including Patrick’s girlfriend and mom, his favorite teacher and school dean, and various villains, some with realistic backstories rationalizing unsavory choices.

Hogarty, a retired principal, has experienced high-level scholastic athletic successes and concerns. His story, subtly alluding to essential works in American literature, anticipates today’s reality in which Blue Chip prospects get recruited with NIL cash payouts, often from prep schools founded to provide lucrative collegiate and professional paths for top athletes.

Ultimately, however, the fictional account reveals that youths and adults all get recruited to others’ versions of the truth, sometimes unwittingly. 

Recruiting Blue Chip Prospects exposes the high-stakes college recruitment of T.R. Ward, an African-American basketball phenom. The novel spotlights Ward’s senior classmate and friend, Patrick...


A Note From the Publisher

Retired San Francisco high school teacher and principal, Dr. Ken Hogarty has since had numerous stories, memoirs, features, satires, and comedy sketches published in Underwood, Sport Literate, Good Old Days, Cobalt, Sequoia Speaks, Woman’s Way, the S.F. Chronicle, Points in Case, Glossy News, The Satirist, Under Review, Bridge Eight, Robot Butt, and L=Y=R=A. He lives in SF’s East Bay with his wife Sally.

Retired San Francisco high school teacher and principal, Dr. Ken Hogarty has since had numerous stories, memoirs, features, satires, and comedy sketches published in Underwood, Sport Literate, Good...


Advance Praise

"Hit the court with Recruiting Blue Chip Prospects—a slam dunk of a coming-of-age tale" -Independent Book Review

"This engaging story, featuring believable characters, relatable conflicts, a vivid portrayal of high school life with an authentic basketball backdrop, will charm both YA readers and adult fans of contemporary fiction. Gripping, beautifully realized, and entertaining." -BookView Review

"A reflection on youth, aspiration, and the challenges we face in our journey to find our place in the world." -Literary Titan

"Hit the court with Recruiting Blue Chip Prospects—a slam dunk of a coming-of-age tale" -Independent Book Review

"This engaging story, featuring believable characters, relatable conflicts, a vivid...


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EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9781639889761
PRICE $16.99 (USD)
PAGES 298

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