Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Great story out of Manhattan College where coach Barry Rohrssen has signed Kevin Laue, a 6-foot-10 center born without a left hand.
“For all the right reasons, Kevin deserves this chance,” Rohrssen told The New York Times. “He’s someone who won’t take this for granted.”
Laue is part of a three-man recruiting class that also includes 6-4 guards Rico Pickett and George Beamon.
Laue played varsity as a junior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif. but broke his leg as a senior. He then enrolled as a postgard in Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy’s postgraduate program.
“He was too good of a player not to get a chance at a college scholarship,” Fork Union Coach Fletcher Arritt, who has sent more than 150 players to Division I programs, told The Times. “Kevin has adjusted to having one hand, whether it’s tying a shoe or doing a figure 8 in basketball.”
Former Yankees and Angels pitcher Jim Abbott excelled in the Major Leagues for 10 years, throwing a no-hitter with the Yanks in 1993, despite not having a right hand.
“Years later, here I was in a position to help someone achieve their goal of getting a college scholarship and realize their dreams of playing Division I basketball,” Rohrssen told The Times. “In some way, in doing this, it gives Kevin the opportunity to inspire many others.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.