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5-Year-Old Hoops Phenom with One Hand Dreams of Playing at UK for Calipari

BR StudiosFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 11, 2017

Five-year-old Jackson Connors was born without a right hand, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a dominant basketball player. He's also a huge fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.

See how Jackson reacts to meeting with coach John Calipari, practicing with the Wildcats and sitting right behind the bench for the final win of the team's perfect season. 

Jackson also plays for a youth team in New York called Steady Buckets and is one of the best players in his age group. The team practices weekly at the Chinatown YMCA and plays its games at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center.


Steady Buckets is a program at the Chinatown YMCA, located at 273 Bowery St. in New York. It offers basketball classes twice a week (Sundays 9 to 11 a.m. and Mondays 4 to 6:30 p.m.) on a drop-in basis, as well as the option to register for the full eight-week session, year-round.

The Tony Dapolito Recreation Center has been hosting youth basketball tournaments and games for many years. It is located at 1 Clarkson St. in New York.

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