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Meet The Most Inspiring And Determined 8-Yr. Old Basketball Player

Eight-year-old Zeke Ortiz hopes of making it to the NBA one day, and after seeing the determination he has on the court, you won’t be surprised if he does end up playing for the pros. NBC’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

Talk about determination and dreams - and about family and team support to make it happen.

Zeke Ortiz, 8, who like his parents and brother is deaf, is an avid and excellent basketball player who made the bold transition to join a more competitive regional basketball league, the Maryland Playmakers, where he is the only deaf player.

Zeke, who wants to be a pro-basketball player when he grows up, took the chance, aided by his father, who interprets for him, and by his coaches and teammates, who have learned to use hand signals to bring Zeke in on the plays. As Today's Jenna Wolfe reports, the result is that the team has gained a great player, as his teammates say.

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