Rising Stars: Gallaudet Men's Basketball

Gallaudet University doesn't have your typical men's basketball team.

"I can do anything that anyone else can do just because I'm deaf hasn't had an impact on my life," said senior forward Shawn Harrington.

Every player and coach on the has some sort of hearing loss.

"I think this team is special," said junior small forward Andy Cruz. "We have such a great partnership, such a great bond."

It shows on the court. The Bison are having it's best season in program history becoming a top contender to win the NEAC Conference Tournament.

"Even though we feel good now, that doesn't matter," said head coach Kevin Kovacs. "We have to persist, that sense of urgency, that feeling of wanting to get there.

Defensively, Gallaudet is one of the top teams in all of Division 3. The Bison play man to man the majority of the time. That's really impressive for an all deaf basketball team because it's a defense that relies heavily on verbal communication to call out screens.

For this team though, it's all about reacting to what they see on the court and knowing one another.

"We work really well as a team together," said Harrington. "We have a lot of trust in each other as players.

The Bison are trying to go dancing in the D-3 NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

"Here we are, February is here. March is around the corner," said Kovacs. "We want to march into March if you will so we can play basketball."

ABC7 sports reporter Scott Abraham shares the incredible story of a team coming together for one common goal in our Rising Star Series. Click the video above for the full story.

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