One-armed teen basketball player gets a D-I offer from HBCU

August 27, 2021 - 02:05 PM

NATIONWIDE (BAMM Network)  — Despite breaking the internet with his impressive offensive skills at AAU tournaments, Hansel Emmanuel Donato Dominguez, a teen basketball star from Florida with just one arm, didn't receive any NCAA Division I offers. But that changed as he just received his first Division I scholarship offer from Tennessee State University, an HBCU in Nashville. 

Tennessee Basketball commitment BJ Edwards guards Hansel Emmanuel Donato Dominguez during a basketball showcase at William Blount High School on July 3.

"Blessed to receive my first D1 offer from Tennessee State University. Thank you for believing in my talents." he posted on his Instagram page, showing his gratitude for the offer he received. 

At the age of 6, he had his left arm amputated after a wall collapsed on him while he was playing in the Dominican Republic. His father was able to rescue him but only after two hours of being trapped which caused him to lose an arm.

But despite that, the 17-year old basketball player has wowed the internet with his skills and has garnered more than 600,000 Instagram followers because of it. In 2020, he moved from the Dominican Republic to play for Life Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida. 

Standing 6'5, Dominguez is a skilled dribbler and a precise shooter. Despite his disability, he can play on par with other players with his tenacity. He can go for dunks against other players and sink 3-pointers from afar at the same time. 

“My life fell apart when Hansel’s accident happened. I was the one with him and when they had to amputate his arm, I felt like it was all over. But God grabbed us and led us down this path,” Dominguez's told the Orlando Sentinel. “You remember everything [from the accident] because a blow like this is not forgotten, so quickly regardless of all that he is achieving, thanks to God.” 

Currently, Dominguez is still in the process of learning the English language in order to communicate better with his team. But he did mention that his teammates had been helping him out. He hopes that people do not see him as a special kid who has a disability but instead see a great player who will go as far as many. 

He announced that he plans to visit TSU after the 2021-22 season. 


Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter


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