Ed Odeven Reporting

By Ed Odeven
Aug. 28, 2013

One of the most intriguing sports documentaries I’d ever read about was Jerald Hoover’s “Four Square Miles to Glory,” an ode to Mount Vernon, New York’s rich basketball history. Which is why I sought out an interview with Hoover, the project’s producer/director.

Mount Vernon, located on the outskirts of New York City, has nurtured a dazzling array of basketball talent that starred at the high school, Division I and pro levels, including NBA-playing brothers Gus and Ray Williams and Rodney and Scooter McCray, and current standout guard Ben Gordon, who completed his ninth NBA campaign in the spring.

The 47-year-old Hoover is a novelist (“My Friend, My Hero,” “He Was My Hero Too,” among others), Boy’s Club mentor and sports columnist for various media outlets, including blackathlete.net. He also operates Write Mind Foundation, which is devoted to helping improve literacy in the inner…

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