Missourian Minute: MU freshman practices wheelchair basketball

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. CST; updated 10:41 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 14, 2014

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COLUMBIA — MU freshman James Bohnett wakes up at 4:30 a.m every weekday. A double-leg amputee, he practices wheelchair basketball from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the MU Student Recreation Complex, warming up, stretching and playing games before and after tournaments on the weekends.

“Each team of five players use a classification system of points that vary with disabilities of the players,” Bohnett said. Players are classified from 1 – highly disabled — to 4.5 – minimally disabled – and a team cannot have more than 14 points on the court.

Wheelchair basketball is about speed and control. Players cannot push their wheels more than twice if they don’t pass the ball or bounce it.

“I love speed,” Bohnett said. “But sometimes I spin with my wheelchair, or I just fall. That’s part of the game.” 

Supervising editor is Derek Poore.

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