An experienced business leader in Miami, Florida, Antonio Junior founded his first company two decades ago. Drawing on his extensive background in skycap services, he established Diversified Management International in a joint venture with Smarte Carte, Inc. Outside his professional life, Antonio Junior enjoys reading books on leadership development.
Jonathan Abrams documents how the straight-to-the-NBA phenomenon changed the league forever in his new book entitled Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution.
At the center of his story are standouts Kobe Bryan, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and Tracy McGrady.
Abrams sets out tell the stories of these players, which all have a familiar ring. A child who dreams of playing in the pros, a family in financial trouble, and transcendent talent worthy of jumping straight from high school to the NBA. Abrams asks the question: if there are special kids who have the ability to make the transition from the prep ranks to the pros, why are they being denied the opportunity?
The NBA’s league minimum age of 19 years old has been instituted for more than a decade. While there have been stories of players who couldn’t make the tough climb from the high school ranks to the professional game, Abrams’ book seeks to make the point that there are far more success stories than failures.