Swagger by Carl Deuker
Jonas Dolan doesn't have a lot of post-high-school prospects until a canny basketball coach helps him improve his game--and his grades. For the first time, Jonas considers going to college. But then the family moves from California to Seattle, and all the friends, coaches and teachers supporting Jonas are too far away to help much.
In Seattle, Jonas finds a new friend. Levi is also a talented basketball player, but halfway through the season, Jonas discovers why Levi seems so withdrawn and depressed, especially when Coach Hartwell is nearby. Although Levi begs his friend to keep quiet and pretend that nothing is wrong, Jonas knows that he will need to do something.
Excellent characters facing a truly horrible situation. I even
read made sense of didn't die during the basketball sequences. (Basketball lovers will love the basketball parts. Me, not so much.) Overall, a strong story, recommended for readers (especially sports fans) ages 14 to adult.