Kevin Laue is kind of an amazing dude. Why? Because he has only one hand arm but could still school you in basketball. The California born Laue is currently playing basketball at Fork Union Military Academy in Richmond, Virginia in hopes of receiving offers to play in the Ivy League. He's averaging 6.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, which is quite impressive considering he's playing with one arm against extremely solid competition.
When Laue was born, his mother’s umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his neck, with his left arm wedged in between. The arm’s circulation was cut off, severely stunting its growth, but doctors said its position had allowed blood to reach the brain.
Anyhow, the 6'10" 18-year-old would definitely be a D-I prospect if he had two arms, according to Dave Telep, a national recruiting analyst.
“If he does make it, nobody in the country will have earned it more,” Telep said. “It’s going to take a Division I team with some courage to give him the chance to prove himself, but he’s a legitimate talent.”
The problem though is that opponents certainly would find ways to limit his effectiveness. But nonetheless, that isn't stopping Laue. Laue's received recruiting letters from Hamilton College and Emory University, which are in Division III, but he still hopes to play for an Ivy League university.
I certainly wish him all the luck, although Emory isn't so bad. I hear Southern girls are pretty hot.
Also, here's a video of Laue when he appeared on local TV out here in San Francisco last year, and before he was forced to shave his head for military school.
As inspirational as Laue is, I'm still partial to the 73-year-old college basketball player. If that makes me a bad guy, so be it.
Basketball prospect provides inspiration with what he doesn't have [NY Times]