In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the No. 1 ranked high school basketball player in America. The new film Lenny Cooke reveals why his promising career took a nose dive right as LeBron James' career took off.
Young NBA hopefuls today face similar pitfalls of hype and fame, and Cooke hopes his story will help steer players like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker away from those career-ruining choices.
Cooke's longtime friend Joakim Noah wants to show the basketball world this cautionary tale and agreed to executive produce the film.
Lenny Cooke is directed by filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie and is produced by Adam Shopkorn.
The film opens for a week in Louisville, January 10-16. It will continue to be shown in select cities through January and February (see schedule and trailer at LennyCookeMovie.com).