Hoop Dreams follows the story of Arthur Agee and William Gates as they hope their dream of becoming basketball superstars comes true. Starting off at the beginning of high school and ending five years later, we see how they develop from boys to men while still retaining their dreams.
Both are recruited into the same elite high school as their idol, former Detroit Piston superstar Isaiah Thomas. Only one survives the first year; the other must return to a high school closer to his home. Along the way, there is much tragedy, some joy, a great wealth of information about inner city life, and the suspense of not knowing what will occur next. This is not a “by-the-numbers” film.