Teenage basketball player shows off his incredible skills on the field, despite only having one arm

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One-armed teen basketball star tipped for top flight success as coach says handicap ‘may be his greatest gift’

  • Hansel Emmanuel plays for AAU basketball team, SOH Elite in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • The 17-year-old constantly amazes recruiters and college audiences with his on-the-field skills, despite having his arm amputated when he was younger.
  • Hansel is considered a high-level Division I basketball project with some scouts like Brandon Jenkins praising the teen for his work ethic
  • ‘It’s a testament to his work ethic and how good and special he is. I think there is always room to grow and the sky is the limit for a kid like him, ‘said Jenkins

A teenage basketball player reminds the world that life has no boundaries and no boundaries as he continues to amaze recruiters in college with his skills on the field, despite his arm being amputated when he was younger.

All eyes are on Hansel Emmanuel, 17, who plays for the AAU basketball team, SOH Elite in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Hansel was forced as a child to have his left arm amputated under the shoulder after a tragic accident.

When Hans was only six years old and living in Santo Domingo, a wall fell on him, trapping him for two hours.

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Hans Emmanuel

Hansel Emmanuel during a match

Hansel Emmanuel (left), 17, reminds the world that life has no boundaries and no boundaries as he continues to amaze the best college prospects with his skills on the field, despite his arm being amputated when he was a young boy

By the time rescuers could get the wall off him, it was too late and his arm had to be amputated.

But the basketball sensation hasn’t stopped him from doing that, and his coach, Ricardo Catala, has explained how Hansel can use it to his advantage.

Catala told CBS: ‘He has been a sensation on social media. At first, people might have thought it was a gimmick and didn’t know if he could do it against top talent.

This may be one of his greatest gifts. Sometimes we don’t see it as a blessing. We never know what he would have been if he had had both limbs. ‘

Hansel is considered a high-level Division I basketball project, with some scouts like Brandon Jenkins praising the teen for his work ethic.

‘It’s a testament to his work ethic and how good and special he is. I think there is always room to grow and the sky is the limit for a kid like him, ”Jenkins told CBS.

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Ricardo Catala, Hansel's coach

Hansel’s coach, Ricardo Catala (right), said: ‘He’s a social media sensation’

Hansel is considered a high-level Division I basketball project with some scouts like Brandon Jenkins praising the teen for his work ethic

Hansel is considered a high-level Division I basketball project with some scouts like Brandon Jenkins praising the teen for his work ethic

Kellen Buffington, the organizer of one of the largest AAU tournaments in North Texas, said he believes Hansel will “find his way into a Division I college basketball program.”

Hansel is one of many one-armed players who have gained traction on social media for their skills.

Robert Whitaker Jr. For example, who lost his left arm as a child as a result of an electric shock, traveled the world to become a professional basketball player.

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