YouTube Red has ordered Best Shot, a documentary series featuring Jay Williams, the newly minted College Basketball Hall of Famer who was chosen second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft but whose career was ended by a motorcycle accident a year later.
The series will debut in 2018. Watch a trailer above.
The eight-episode series will chronicle the lives of the students he hopes to inspire – as the ESPN analyst shares his journey from his championship college career at Duke to his post-crash loneliness and unsuccessful attempts at an NBA comeback – and mentors an inner-city high school team.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will, and that’s what I want to imprint on these kids,” Williams says in the trailer. “They were built for these type of moments.
Michael John Warren is set to direct the series from SpringHill Entertainment and Boardwalk Pictures in association with Blue Ribbon Content. LeBron James and Maverick Carter will executive produce alongside Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn of Boardwalk Pictures and Warren.
“We’re passionate about this story because it’s about real high school students encountering real-life challenges,” Carter said. “All they need is that little push in the right direction, and with a relatable mentor like Jay Williams guiding them, they’ve got a very real opportunity to change their lives forever.”
Said Williams: “Who is on your board? I ask this question to our youth on a daily basis. In business, your board plays an imperative role and inevitably determines the success or failure of your company. The board’s job is to constantly gather and brainstorm ways for the company to achieve their goals. Why do we look at youth any differently? You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. The commitment and values I’ve learned throughout my journey will hopefully make me a valuable board member for the most important game of all. The game of life.”