Tallahassee, FL - Florida High's Landus Anderson Jr. can be so transcendent on the basketball court at times that you don't even notice he's doing it with just his left hand.
"Have you watched him? It's amazing. It's amazing," said Landus Anderson Sr.
Almost every night the echoes of "oohs" and "aahs" are common when he handles the ball.
"Really you think to guard his left hand, but you guard him left and he'll go right, come back left and go between the legs," said Maurice Dugan, a senior point guard at Florida High. "So, it's hard to guard. I try to learn stuff from him with my right hand."
Anderson Jr. says due to his impairment, he's had to work twice as hard to get to where he is now.
"At birth, I had wide shoulders, so I kind of got stuck and the doctor pulled me out by right arm and disconnected some nerves from my spinal cord," Anderson Jr. said.
Doctors call this condition Erb's Palsy. His right arm is still functional but at a very minimal level.
"Landus look at as 'Dad, I hate when they focus on my arm.' I said don't worry about it, son. Don't ever let anybody tell you that you can't do something because I said you can do anything that anybody else does," Anderson Sr. said.
But the junior forward has never been taken lightly on the hardwood. He's averaging 20 points and seven rebounds per game about a month into the season.
"I'm more exposed now. I think a lot of people know more about me than they did in the past," he said. "I want them to know about me. I don't want anybody to underestimate me, even though that puts me at an advantage, but I don't want any gimmes. I want to earn it the right way."
Anderson Sr. recalls one conversation he had with his son.
"He said I want to make it to the NBA and I said 'son, you can do it. I said you can do it."
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