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Lance Allred won Utah's high school player-of-the-year award. After playing for the University of Utah for two years, a dispute with his coach led Allred to transfer to Weber State, where he graduated with a double-major in English and history. Lance is a 6' 11" center who played professionally in Europe and then in the NBA Development League. In April 2008, Lance signed on as a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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"A fascinating read." -- The Salt Lake Tribune
"A wry and inevitably dramatic autobiography..." -- Wall Street Journal Online
A fascinating read. --The Salt Lake Tribune
Longshot is a must read! It will inspire you and entertain you at the same time.--Dick Vitale
Longshot is more than a remarkable sports story. It s a reminder of how much can be accomplished when you never give up on a dream. --Rudy Ruettiger, subject of the original major motion picture "Rudy"
In a devastatingly honest and poignant book of family, basketball and life, Lance Allred, the best writing big man ever, mesmerizes with a memoir born of the cruelty and inspiration of a game that could never hold him down.--Adrian Wojnarowski, author of The Miracle of St. Anthony
"The book is more than just about Allred's time in the NBA and in the D-League. It's also about his time at the University of Utah and growing [in] a polygamist colony..."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A wry and inevitably dramatic autobiography..."--Wall Street Journal Online
"Beyond writing about his life in the game of basketball, Allred honestly portrays his life story in such a way that readers may feel they are sharing his journey."--Boise Weekly
"He hasn't just authored one of basketball's most remarkable young lives, but a moving and funny memoir, 'Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, ' which was published in May."--Yahoo Sports
"A fascinating read."--The Salt Lake Tribune
"More than a story about how he beat the odds and wound up one of the best rebounders in the NCAA ... and then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it's a personal account of Allred's struggle to rebound from challenges and make peace with himself."--Utah Standard-Examiner
"Allred's voice is humorously self-deprecating and youthfully winning."--Publishers Weekly
"Much more than a feel-good, you-can-do-it-if-you-try chronicle. It is a gutwrenchingly honest account of a man whose story would be mesmerizing no matter what career path he chose."--Deseret News
"In the land of recycled and formulaic sports bios, this book by a deaf, fundamentalist Mormon kid is definitely worth a read."--Salt Lake City Weekly
A Paul Shirley-esque tale of a basketball outsider....a welcome departure from cookie-cutter sports autobiographies.--Kirkus Reviews
"If interesting life experiences are the mark of a good autobiography, then Lance Allred has a good head start."--Davis County Clipper
"What an incredible life. Lance's story proves that the trials and tribulations he faced made him stronger."--Jim Morris, author of THE ROOKIE
"A harrowing and moving look at Allred's life growing ... In 250 riveting pages, Allred honestly, breezily and often hilariously recounts his life . . . His personal and familial history alone is worth the read . . ."--Cleveland Scene
"Longshot is more than a remarkable sports story. It's a reminder of how much can be accomplished when you never give up on a dream."--Rudy Ruettiger, subject of the original major motion picture "Rudy"
"An inspiration for anyone who's ever wanted to succeed at anything that appeared out of reach."--Kenny Mayne, from the Foreword
"Lance Allred is excruciatingly honest without ever feeling sorry for himself. His painful and hilarious odyssey is more inspiring and triumphant than the story of any NBA championship. Allred has written The Glass Castle of pro sports."--Ian Thomsen, senior NBA writer, Sports Illustrated
"Hoosiers meets Big Love with a dash of Crime and Punishment. You will never look at an NBA player, particularly those at the end of the bench, the same way again."--Ric Bucher, senior writer, ESPN The Magazine
"If there's a prototypical path to a hoops career, Lance Allred didn't take it. He's not an NBA giant, but Allred's memoir is inspiring."--Sports Illustrated
Lance Allred is excruciatingly honest without ever feeling sorry for himself. His painful and hilarious odyssey is more inspiring and triumphant than the story of any NBA championship. Allred has written The Glass Castle of pro sports. --Ian Thomsen, senior NBA writer, Sports Illustrated"
What an incredible life. Lance s story proves that the trials and tribulations he faced made him stronger. --Jim Morris, author of THE ROOKIE"
An inspiration for anyone who s ever wanted to succeed at anything that appeared out of reach. --Kenny Mayne, from the Foreword"
Hoosiers meets Big Love with a dash of Crime and Punishment. You will never look at an NBA player, particularly those at the end of the bench, the same way again. --Ric Bucher, senior writer, ESPN The Magazine"
In an ingratiating, self-deprecating style...[Allred s] is a genuinely unlikely story, but he relates it with humor, insight, and compassion.--Booklist"
A Paul Shirleyesque tale of a basketball outsider....a welcome departure from cookie-cutter sports autobiographies.--Kirkus Reviews"
Allred s voice is humorously self-deprecating and youthfully winning. --Publishers Weekly"
A fascinating read. --The Salt Lake Tribune"
Much more than a feel-good, you-can-do-it-if-you-try chronicle. It is a gutwrenchingly honest account of a man whose story would be mesmerizing no matter what career path he chose. --Deseret News"
A harrowing and moving look at Allred s life growing ... In 250 riveting pages, Allred honestly, breezily and often hilariously recounts his life . . . His personal and familial history alone is worth the read . . . --Cleveland Scene"
In the land of recycled and formulaic sports bios, this book by a deaf, fundamentalist Mormon kid is definitely worth a read. --Salt Lake City Weekly"
If interesting life experiences are the mark of a good autobiography, then Lance Allred has a good head start. --Davis County Clipper"
If there s a prototypical path to a hoops career, Lance Allred didn t take it. He s not an NBA giant, but Allred s memoir is inspiring. --Sports Illustrated"
More than a story about how he beat the odds and wound up one of the best rebounders in the NCAA ... and then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it s a personal account of Allred s struggle to rebound from challenges and make peace with himself. --Utah Standard-Examiner"
He hasn t just authored one of basketball s most remarkable young lives, but a moving and funny memoir, Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, which was published in May. --Yahoo Sports"
The book is more than just about Allred s time in the NBA and in the D-League. It s also about his time at the University of Utah and growing [in] a polygamist colony... --Cleveland Plain Dealer"
A wry and inevitably dramatic autobiography... --Wall Street Journal Online"
Beyond writing about his life in the game of basketball, Allred honestly portrays his life story in such a way that readers may feel they are sharing his journey. --Boise Weekly"
A Paul Shirley esque tale of a basketball outsider....a welcome departure from cookie-cutter sports autobiographies.--Kirkus Reviews"

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