Student with dwarfism stars on Senior Night

Student with dwarfism stars on Senior Night

Published Feb. 27, 2014 6:18 a.m. ET

Larry Bird, meet you match. At least, that's the way Seth Kraft's coach sees it.

Who's Seth Kraft? He's the trash-talkin', layup-makin', crowd-inspirin' student-coach at Laurel High School in Montana.

And he is all of 4 feet, 1 inch tall.

On Saturday night, Kraft, who has dwarfism, was given a special opportunity, coach Pat Hansen giving him the ball and letting him play on Senior Night . . . .and Kraft's 18th birthday.


Before the game, Kraft told the Billings Gazette:



Instead, Kraft, with a packed house holding signs with his name and cheering his every move, found a lane and hit a layup midway through the first quarter.

After the game, Hansen claimed he was not all that surprised by the play.

"He is a modern-day Larry Bird," he told the Gazette. "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."