This film is made on the life of two young Chicago basketball players, William Gates and Arthur Agee, who share the intimate dream of college scholarship and eventual NBA stardom. This is a riveted 3-hour documentary pruned from 250 hours of footage which shows five years in the lives of these young black men. It starts from their preparation to enter the predominant White Catholic high school St. Joseph that helped shape NBA legend Isaiah Thomas.
The director Steve Jams balances artfully the victories and suspense with poignancy including the return of Arthur Agee to a high school in the inner city, and the pressure and extremely long odds they examine while facing the athletes of crème-de-la-crème.
Hoops and dreams emphasizes for anyone lured by the extraordinary highs of the sporting life that a difficult time in a person’s life or lows can be just as significant.