For someone who prides himself on defense and assists, Seth Kraft isn't too bad at bringing the ball to the hoop.
A 4-foot-1 student-coach at Laurel High School in Montana, Kraft was given an amazing opportunity on his 18th birthday, which also happened to be Senior Night for the Locomotives. Laurel's coach, Pat Hansen, gave him the opportunity to play, and Kraft did not disappoint.
Before the game, Kraft said he would be satisfied if he simply made an impact.
"I like assists, and I like playing 'D' (defense),” Kraft, who has dwarfism, told the Billings Gazette. “I will steal the ball if I have the chance. I’m not going to take it easy on them. It'll be great if I score, but it’s OK if I don’t. I’ll be successful tonight if I make an impact, even a small one."
Kraft did much more than that.
In front of a packed crowd with fans holding signs that read his name, Kraft drove uncontested to the basket and put in a layup midway through the first quarter. As one can imagine, the fans went wild.
As impressive as this play was, it wasn't all that surprising to those who are familiar with Kraft's high basketball IQ.
“He is a modern-day Larry Bird,” Hansen said of Kraft. "He likes to talk trash. But he’s also an incredible kid, highly intelligent and very witty. He takes every possession, every shot to heart."
A similar story involving a student with dwarfism occurred in northern California last week.