Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi

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Rucker Park—a place where basketball’s greatest pro players go up against street legends. Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament here. But when the day of an important game arrives, J.R. is fatally stabbed. While Mackey didn’t wield the knife, he feels responsible. Now he has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move. Mackey is determined to finish the final game of the Rucker Park Tournament on his own terms. The question is, can he do it?

About Paul Volponi

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Paul Volponi ( is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. An ardent streetball player, Mr. Volponi drew upon his more than four decades of New York City court sense to write The Final Four.
Published September 18, 2008 by Speak. 164 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harlem’s Rucker Park amateur basketball tournaments combine street players and wannabes in a showcase of slam-dunk explosive talent.

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