Thursday, March 19, 2020

Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball Wins the 2020 Book Excellence Awards in the Sports Category

Great News!
MADNESS, a story based on the life of Hank Luisetti, wins the 2020 Book Excellence Awards in Sports.

This is its 6th award!

Amazon review for Madness:

"Inspirational! Whether you’re into sports or not, this book you won’t want to put down! Not knowing too much about basketball and certainly not knowing the name Hank Luisetti, I learned very quickly that there was much more than sports between the pages!"

Monday, January 6, 2020

Literary Titan Awards Madness With a Gold Award and a 5-Star Review

MADNESS is recognized by Literary Titan with a Gold Award and a 5-star review! I couldn't be more thrilled.

The Gold Award is bestowed on books that we found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written books. - Literary Titan

A review from The Literary Titan for Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Finalist in the 2019 TopShelf Book Awards

I'm pleased to share the good news that MADNESS was selected as a finalist in the 2019 TopShelf Book Awards! 

It's amazing that these award-giving bodies are recognizing the value of Madness to readers. 
If only Hank Luisetti can see that his story is getting some recognition!

Netflix, are you getting this? 😄

Get your copy of MADNESS and discover how modern basketball was born!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MADNESS wins the 2019 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing

Just want to share the great news! MADNESS: The Man Who Changed Basketball bagged its 3rd award from New Apple, in the Autobiography / Biography / Memoir category.

MADNESS is available in kindle and paperback editions.
And soon, in Audiobook!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Recognition for MADNESS - 2019 Readers' Favorite Annual International Book Award

Press Release:

Readers' Favorite recognizes "Madness" by Mike DeLucia in its annual international book award contest, currently available at .

Friday, June 28, 2019

International Book Awards Gives Madness:The Man Who Changed Basketball its First Award

I'm proud to announce the first award given to Madness, my sports fiction novel based on the life and accomplishments of Hank Luisetti, the man who made Basketball what it is today.


For Sports Fans and Young Adult Reads, 
get a copy of MADNESS now!

Free to read with Kindle Unlimited

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Primo Magazine Interviews Mike DeLucia

Repost from Primo Magazine:

Mike DeLucia has written a book entitled “Madness” based on the true story of Hank Luisetti. Mike’s Italian roots extend to Naples, on his mother’s side of the family and from Benevento on his father’s side. He has several family members who reside in Milan and Varese. PRIMO interviewed him about his novel “Madness” and what made Hank Luisetti such a revolutionary basketball player.

Your novel "Madness," is based on the true story of Hank Luisetti; a college basketball player from Stanford. Tell us how Hank changed the game forever?

Before Luisetti total scores of basketball games averaged in the 30s. Basketball was a filler sport between baseball and football season. Passing and shooting with two hands was at the center of basketball’s stop-set-shoot philosophy. Then came Hank Luisetti. He defied the establishment by means of a running one-handed shot. With basketball’s integrity on the line, a promoter from New York arranged a grudge match between LIU and Stanford, in a game that would both test Luisetti’s unorthodox style and determine the unofficial national champion. At that time the east was considered the class of the nation and LIU was the class of the east. They were so good that the Olympic committee asked LIU to represent the USA in the 1936 Olympic games. LIU, a team comprised of many Jewish players, however, refused in protest due to the rumors of anti-Semitic acts in Germany. LIU was riding a 43 game winning streak before they encountered Luisetti, and they simply could not contain him. Besides popularizing the one-handed shot, Hank is credited with the behind-the-back dribble. He was doing fast breaks and his dribbling ability was spectacular. He could jump so high and stay up so long that he looked like a ballet dancer. He employed the no-look pass. He was voted the most outstanding athlete to perform at Madison Square Garden in 1936. The man was 50 years ahead of his time. The New York Media reported the news of the great Luisetti and people began to emulate his moves and style. Basketball got hot and grew a fanbase of its own. What followed was the NCAA March Madness Competition and the NBA. He changed basketball’s genetic footprint with his unorthodox playing style. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891; Hank Luisetti reinvented it in 1936. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959, its inaugural year.