One-handed basketball star signs with Manhattan

NEW YORK (AP) - A basketball player missing his left hand has received a scholarship to play for Division I Manhattan College next season.

Kevin Laue is a 6-foot-10 center whose left arm ends just past the elbow.

A California native, he played a postgraduate season for Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia this year hoping to impress college coaches.

Laue averaged about 10 points and five rebounds competing against many Division I prospects.

Laue says he was wondering whether he would realize his dream of playing Division I basketball before Manhattan contacted him just over a week ago.

He signed with the team Wednesday.

Fork Union coach Fletcher Arritt says Laue's shot-blocking skills and ability to run the floor will make him an effective college player.

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