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Xavier signs 12-year-old Trey Couch

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Team IMPACT has had a major influence on college basketball in the past month – and no, that's not an AAU team. It's a non-profit organization that enhances “the lives of children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by matching them with college athletic teams.”

Two weeks ago, Bradley signed two brothers from a local elementary school. Johnah Sahrs, 5, is in recovery from Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma, and has been undergoing treatment for the past 18 months after having surgery in 2012. Jarret, 9, has been with Johnah through the entire process.

On Monday, Xavier signed 12-year-old Trey Couch, who was diagnosed with Cerebellar Degeneration in 2010. The disease has no cure.

From the school (via Cincinnati Enquirer):

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.

According to the paper, Trey is the youngest prospect to ever sign a National Letter of Intent at Xavier.

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