Xavier signs Trey Couch, 12

BY foxsports • September 24, 2013

It seems like players are being recruited by college programs at a younger and younger age, but this time it's for a good cause. 

Xavier University and Coach Chris Mack announced yesterday that they had signed young hoopster Trey Couch, 12, to a national letter of intent. 

Trey has been diagnosed with cerebellar degeneration, a neurodegenerative disease without any known cure. 

According to a press release from Xavier (h/t Cincinnati.com):

The illness greatly impacts the cerebellum, the area that controls coordination and balance, and over time it will lead to muscle deterioration throughout his body. There has been very little research done on Cerebellar Degeneration and with that, there is no strict protocol to follow in treating it. Instead, Trey and his team of doctors are constantly playing defense, addressing the symptoms and health challenges as they present themselves. Though it has been very frustrating to lose his physical strength and coordination, as part of the Xavier Basketball team he will be given the opportunity that he once could only have dreamed of – to be a true member of a Division I men's basketball team.

Team IMPACT played a crucial role in the "signing". They're a non-profit chartered to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. 

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