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Albany signs 11-year-old with rare disease

The University at Albany added a scrappy, young fighter to its signing class Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period in college basketball.

J.P. Honsinger, an 11-year-old battling childhood Alzheimer’s, put his signature on a national letter of intent and pledged his services to the squad. Albany coach Will Brown cited Honsinger’s “toughness” in a release about the signing, part of the team’s three-man recruiting class.

Honsinger, a sixth-grader from Clifton Park, New York, has been diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare ailment (estimated 500 cases worldwide) with an extremely high mortality rate and no known cure, according to the National Niemann-Pick Foundation website.

Honsinger’s fight and ways to support it are detailed at jamminforjp.com.

Despite the challenges Honsinger, a star from Acadia Middle School, has encountered, Brown is confident the youngster will be a major contributor for his program.

“At 11 years of age, J.P. is the youngest player we have ever signed,” Brown said in a statement from the school. “He is a lightning-quick point guard with big-time range on his jump shot. [He] is a pesky defender who has a tireless work ethic. As our point guard of the future, we are going to rely on his exceptional leadership qualities. Nobody in the country will be signing a player with JP’s toughness.”

The Great Danes have obviously signed a young star with a will to win.

Best signing of the day.