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Hansel Enmanuel, one-armed basketball player, transfers to Austin Peay

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Hansel Enmanuel, a one-armed social media basketball sensation, tells On3 that he will transfer to Austin Peay. He played this past season at Northwestern State, where he averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds this season in 8.2 minutes a game as a freshman for the Demons.

Following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, Northwestern State head coach Corey Gipson accepted the open head coaching position at Austin Peay State University. Hansel, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, will re-unite with his head coach.

Enmanuel announced he’d be entering the transfer portal in March. He provided the following statement to On3 regarding his decision to transfer:

“One important lesson that I have learned in my life as a student-athlete is the value of patience. Success cannot be achieved overnight, and it is common to experience frustration and disappointment along the way. Sometimes, we may feel entitled to something we desire and have worked hard for, only to realize that we are not ready to receive it at the moment. However, through patience, we can persevere and reach our goals.

“As I enter the transfer portal, I am reminded of the power of patience. I am willing to wait and trust the process, even if it means waiting an entire season to achieve my goals. I am grateful for my family, my teammates, my agency, and especially my coaches and trainers who have supported me and guided me along the right path. I thank God for giving me the wisdom and strength to stay patient and to trust that everything happens for a reason.”

Enmanuel went viral on social media while in high school, growing over 4.3 million followers on his Instagram and TikTok accounts.

Enmanuel boasts an On3 NIL Valuation of $1.4 million, which ranks No. 9 in the On3 NIL 100. He’s inked deals with companies like T-MobileGatoradeadidas and others.

A former On3 Consensus three-star recruit, Hansel Enmanuel had one arm amputated as a child after an accident. Born in the Dominican Republic, he played high school basketball at Life Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida.

Hansel Enmanuel following his head coach, transfer portal background information

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.