Who is Hansel Enmanuel, the one-armed basketball player who will play in the NCAA next season?
If there is one name that has been turning heads in the world of basketball lately, it is that of Hansel Emmanuel, but who is he, where is he from and above all, how is- he so gifted with one arm?
Hansel Emmanuel Commits to North West State
With reports now confirming that high school basketball Hansel Emmanuel committed to playing college basketball at Northwestern State, it’s only a matter of time before we see the one-armed prodigy on an even bigger stage. It is understood that Emmanuel also had offers from Memphis, Tennessee State and Bethune-Cookman, but in the end it is the demons who will have the pleasure of working with the future star.
Interesting way, other reports suggested that Emmanuel was also considering playing for the Overtime Elite, an Atlanta-based basketball league that describes itself as an organization that provides “the world’s most talented young basketball players a better path to becoming professional athletes.” In the end, the guard who is currently senior at Christian Life Academy in Kissimmee, Florida, committed and we are. Yet the obvious question remains: How does a 6′4″ combo guard who averages an impressive 25.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 3.4 blocks per game, do it with just one arm? That was the question that everyone was asking themselves when they appeared in the recent Drew League. Before we get there, however, let’s take a look back.
The accident that took Hansel Emmanuel’s arm
When Hansel Enmanuel was only 6 years old, a wall collapsed and fell on him. Trapped for more than two hours, his father would later find him and save him, but unfortunately for the young boy, it was too late for his left arm, which unfortunately had to be amputated just below the shoulder. “You remember everything [from the accident] because a shot like this is not forgotten, so quickly no matter how much he accomplishes, thank God,” he said.
Due to the amputation, Emmanuel whose full name is Hansel Enmanuel Donato Domínguez could no longer play baseball, so he chose a basketball. Incidentally, his father was a professional basketball player in the Dominican Republic at the time, so he had support. Referring to the accident as “A blessing,” Donato Domínguez explained, “God always has a purpose. I live his mission, what he wants me to do in this life. Everything I do I do with God first and for my family they are everything [to me],” he said. If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that, as tragic as that moment was, it clearly did nothing to stop the young prospect from fighting tooth and nail to become that who he is today, who in case you were wondering a 3-star freshman and Florida’s 22nd high school prospect, according to 247Sports. An attitude he maintains to this day, recently explaining in an interview that he doesn’t want people to “see me as a special kid with a disability. [I wish] that the only ones see me as a great player who will go as far as many. that I am a good player,
How was Hansel Emmanuel recruited?
While one might think that Emmanuel’s profile is more about entertainment than substance, that would be a mistake. The truth is, the boy has game. As mentioned above, the young star is currently on the Life Christian Academy roster and the reason is that Head coach Moisés Michell is the one who saw videos of him playing. At that time, Michell did what was necessary to bring Emmanuel to the United States according to reports. Once there, it didn’t take long before the Florida crowds realized the 16-year-old was a star in the making. Averaging 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game, it shouldn’t be hard to see why.
Today, Donato Domínguez continues to live with Michell and Ángel Pimentel Montas, as well as with another student hosted by Michell. Speaking of the two prospects he has under his roof, Michell couldn’t hide his excitement. “These guys are something else, not because they’re Dominicans or because I coach them, but their dedication and performance on the pitch got us all giving 200%,” he said. With that, there is only one thing to say: Keep an eye on the name of Hansel Enmanuel Donato Domínguez because he is going to be a good
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