There was a good reason for Coach Tyrone Gage to be in a cold car outside a Detroit housing project, a thousand miles from home. Every last brother on State's team was mad at him. And Gage held those black players accountable for the team dropping three in a row, and Gage was now stepping aside as State's basketball season collapsed. More important--and more heartening--should have been Jamal Davis, their top recruit. But Cage had sensed Jamal was in trouble. The Friday morning after his high school team played, Gage gave Jamal a lift to school. Now he'd doubled back to take Jamal's girlfriend--a girl he'd only just met, named Vanessa--on the errand she'd requested. He was waiting for Vanessa. On Wednesday, Gage told his head coach, lack Hood, that Jamal sounded upset on the phone, but wouldn't say what was bugging him. "I better get up there," Gage said, "talk about his ACT score, make sure his transcript in order." Gage could have added, "like somebody should have done for me when I was in high school."