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The most incredible success story: to the NCAA… with only one arm!

Hansel Emmanuelplayer Dominican 1.96m and 18 years oldplay the next season in the NCAA with the northwestern university. Until then it won’t be news. Every season hundreds of young people make their debut in the american college leaguebut almost none like Hansel Emmanuel, who has achieved it with one arm. It is not a word game. The Dominican lost his left arm when he was just six years old when a concrete wall fell on him while he was trying to climb it with a friend.

Emmanuel was more than two hours under the wall and the pressure of the weight destroyed the tendons of his arm, which had to be amputated. by then already He was beginning to love basketball, a passion he inherited from his father, who was a professional in his country. But basketball disappeared from his life for a few years after suffering that accident that left him traumatized. . “I didn’t want to do anything. I couldn’t tie my shoelaces, I couldn’t have a glass of water”Emmanuel recalled years later.

Endless hours practicing one-handed shooting

But as soon as he started dominate your body and control your balance without the missing limb, the basketball bug came back stronger than ever. He spent hours and hours on the court dribbling the ball and practicing shots to the basket with one hand. He had between eyebrows and eyebrows to become a professional basketball player despite his father’s reluctance. “I didn’t want him to play because of the blows he could take,” he confessed.

His progression was dazzling, reaching compete as a tat with high school juniors your age. And his plays and his spectacular dunks began to be highlighted by the great media in the United States. Moises Michell, trainer at Life Christian Academy of Florida. I recruited him in 2020 for his team. Emmanuel tena 16 years, measuring 1.93 m and conquered the Central Florida Christian Academy State Championship after leading his team with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

I wish people understood how different Hansel Emmanuel is. Outlast some of the best high school players with one arm

Shaquille O’Neal (NBA Legend)

Their prowess on the pitch They did not go unnoticed by some NBA stars and legends. Kyrie Irving He went to see him at a game and was photographed with him. and the mythical Shaquille O’Neal publicly declared his admiration for him: “I wish people understood how different Hansel Emmanuel. I beat some of the best high school players with one arm.”

the dominican He dreams of being the first player to play in the NBA with only one arm.. And what seemed impossible is getting closer and closer. Hansel Emmanuel will become the fourth one-armed player to play in the college league. before he did Kevin Laue, 2.10m pvot. that he put up 20 blocks in a game and that in 2009 he was the first one-armed player to play in the NCAA. also Grant Dykstrawho lost his arm as a child and after 16 operations managed to succeed in basketball and average 17 points and 5.5 rebounds to NCAA II. And the last one was Zach HodskinsUniversity of Florida player who also played if a limb.

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