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One-Handed Basketball Player Gets Division I Scholarship and Takes the Court

October 2, 2009 – Dr. Anklesnap

The 2009-10 NCAA basketball season is right around the corner and freshman recruits across the nation are on the verge of stepping onto the college courts for the first time. Many of which are playing under scholarships and fulfilling their dreams. One of those players is doing so in November against more odds than you can imagine. The player, Kevin Laue, has only one arm. And no i’m not referring to some sort of ‘special’ college league for handicapped players. I’m talking about the NCAA Division I that every player dreams of playing in as they grow up.

The Globe and Mail had this to say about Kevin Laue today:

Kevin Laue isn’t supposed to be here, standing on the court practising for his first season of Division I basketball in the United States.

Born without a left hand, the 6-foot-11 centre from Pleasanton, Calif., is now a freshman at Manhattan College, having earned a scholarship to play for the Jaspers and a chance to live out the dream of anyone who has been told they couldn’t play a sport they loved because of a physical defect.

When the Jaspers’ season opens Nov. 14, the question will not be whether Mr. Laue can dribble, pass, block, score or rebound, but whether his opponents will underestimate his skills. “It’s to my advantage,” said Mr. Laue, explaining what it’s like to come onto the floor during a game and face his two-handed opponents. “They think they’re going to have an easy game and just whip on some one-handed kid. But I think I’ve surprised a couple people out there.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see the looks on his opponents faces when he rips a board over them, leaves them hung out to dry in the post, or spots up for a made jump shot right in their face. Check out this video clip of Laue playing the game he loves:

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  • guy

    Greg Stewart, 7’2, about the same amount of arm as this guy, plays for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, uses a kind of mitt/paddle on his arm to help him control the ball.

  • dude

    the coach is kind of stupid/full of bs. he literally says, “there’s nothing better than people doubting you”. really? having people doubt you is soooooo wonderful. i just love when people doubt my abilities. i can only imagine kevin (the one-armed basketball player) absolutely loves having had people doubt his abilities, too.

    the coach seems like his heart is in the right place, but he’s just full of crap.

  • some other dude

    In response to the comment about the coach saying there’s nothing better than people doubting you, if you take it JUST from a coaching standpoint it makes total sense. I dont think he meant it for Kevin’s life in general. He just didn’t put it as well as he could have.

    As I see it, from a coaches and a “gamesmanship” point of view there is nothing better than Kevin’s opponents doubting and underestimating him, every time an opponent does that to him, Kevin will use and abuse him on the court…

    Just my .02 worth…

  • Seems like a cool kid. I wish him well.

    Division I defenses will probably figure out pretty quickly that he only goes right. Just saying.

  • As ‘some other dude’ stated, perhaps a better word to have used would be “underestimating” instead of doubting but it was clear that his intent was a positive one.

    This young man really serves to encourage us all to be better and additionally, not to count others out by forming opinions or notions of anyone else we might have come across in our past.

  • Unbelievable. Great story here. I wish him all the best in basketball and in life.

  • Elizabeth

    So i have one arm but i have only where a bone is u cant see anything…lol anyway i play basketball, cheerleading, soccor, Track and also compete in pagents and gymnastics i think that nothing can stop you except if your a gurl and cnt put up your hair…lol anyway its amazing what u can do with jst one :)