Manhattan College coach Barry Rohrssen was looking for a big man. He found one in 6-foot-11 Kevin Laue.
Laue, who averaged 10 points and five rebounds for Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia this past season, was born with a birth defect that left him without a left arm just below the elbow.
"Being a baseball fan, Jim Abbott left a great impression on me," Rohrssen told the New York Daily News. "Some of the things he did inspired a lot of people with similar problems and just people as a whole. I think with a guy like Kevin, playing at Manhattan and being in New York City, presents an opportunity that can be rewarding for Kevin and also have a ripple effect for everyone involved."