David Andrews, age 18, wears number 40 on the Germantown
High School basketball team, just outside of Memphis, TN. Much like the Knickâ€™s
Jeremy Lin, Andrews spent quite a bit of time warming the bench during his
teamâ€™s games before ever getting to play in one.
Andrews has Down syndrome, and his mother had asked coach
Wes Crump if her son could join the team his brother was already on. She
thought maybe he could get a sweat suit and hang out with the other players on
the bench. But Andrews soon proved that he had much more to offer the team.
The Germantown Red Devils already had a pretty good record
for the season. In the fourth game, the team had a wide enough lead that Crump
decided to put Andrews in. When Andrews got the ball, he took a shot from the
corner and scored three points. He did the same thing again later in the game.
When Andrews shoots three pointers, he makes them 40 percent
of the time. That makes him statistically better than most NBA players,
including LeBron James. After that first game, Crump made sure to put Andrews
in the rest of the season. He even started a game. The Red Devils went on to
win the county championship.
"Down syndrome people come in wide spectrum of disability," Andrewsâ€™ father told ABC News. "Some are talkers and some are walkers â€¦ David
is clearly a walker."
Whether he is leading the pre-game chant or "swishing threes," Andrews is clearly an inspiration
to his team.
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