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Despite having only one functioning arm, prep basketball player amazes (video)

Landus Anderson is a 6-4, 170-pound junior playing on the Florida High Seminoles basketball team. The impressive stats he is putting up (19.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and 2.9 steals per game) convincingly illustrate why he is considered one of the top high school basketball players in the state. And Anderson is able to accomplish this despite a medical condition which causes him to be unable to use his right arm.

Defined as Erb’s Palsy, Anderson’s condition is caused by injury to the main group of nerves in the upper arm. Most children born with it regain range of motion by their first birthday, but if the nerves do not heal by that time, those kids unlikely gain full function of the limb ever again.

Anderson has no control of the fingers on his right hand, making his entire arm virtually worthless as far as playing basketball is concerned.

“They can’t fix the damaged nerves, but at birth I had a muscle transfer in my bicep area. They could’ve done one down low, but my mother didn’t want them to experiment on me.”

Anderson, who obviously has overcome his disability beyond what anyone could have expected, addresses how it limits his play on the court:

“I wish I could go right, go right with my right arm,” Anderson concedes, but adds, “I think I’m pretty good how I am, with what I have.”

Indeed. Anderson intends to play AAU basketball as a showcase for college recruiters, but in the meantime, he will continue to amaze and dazzle those who already marvel at what he has accomplished up to this point.

(for more on Anderson’s impressive story, please refer to the lengthy AP report on this impressive young man here)