As Hansel Emmanuel began weaving from the right wing, his Northwest State teammates began to line up. when he between two defenders stylish layoutMost everyone in the gym joined them.
The one-handed freshman was finally on the board.
And a minute later on Saturday night, the 6-foot-6 guard provided the most defining moment of the game — a thumping dunk in a 91-73 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Northwestern State tweeted video of the slam, with the caption: “Drop the 🔨, Hansel!”
“I had to keep going after layup—that was my first bucket,” Emmanuel said in a quote posted on the Southland Conference school’s website. “I know my family is proud. I had to keep working. You can’t give up.”
Emmanuel, 19, who lost his left arm just below his shoulder in a childhood accident, scored five points. He was 2 of 3 from the field and 1 of 5 from the foul line with two rebounds in eight minutes.
Emmanuel played in the last four games for the Demons this season, shooting 0 for 2 with one rebound.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Emmanuel was 6 years old when a pile of cinderblocks fell on him. The injury was so severe that doctors had to amputate his arm.
Emmanuel later moved to Florida and became a big scorer in high school. He drew interest from Memphis, among other colleges, and became an internet sensation last year thanks to his highlight videos posted on social media.
The Demons (8-2) were on their way to their seventh straight win when Emmanuel began driving toward his first point. With 2 1/2 minutes left he easily cut through the hoop for his layup.
With a little over a minute to go, Emmanuel was fouled and made the first free throw. He missed the second shot, but scooped up a loose ball just outside the foul line, took a dribble, and hauled down a high-flying dunk.
The slam made it 89–70 and put Emmanuel’s teammates and the crowd of 1,627 back on their feet to cheer for even longer.
In high school, Emmanuel put on a performance you really have to see to believe,Last year.
His AAU coach, Ricardo Catala, said, “He has become a sensation on social media.” “At first, people would have thought it was a gimmick and didn’t know if he could do it against top talent.”
Brandon Jenkins, a scout for 24/7 Sports, told the station: “It’s a testament to his work ethic and how good and special he is. I think there’s always room to grow and the sky’s up for a kid like him.” touches.” ,