An Indiana high school basketball player was temporarily paralyzed after he was undercut by an opposing player on a breakaway dunk.
The Indianapolis Star reports Hamilton Heights High School sophomore Alex Etherington spent Saturday night in a Fort Wayne hospital after suffering a serious concussion and temporary paralysis following the incident, which happened early in his team's 58-56 win at Peru.
An Indiana high school basketball player is temporarily paralyzed after being undercut by an opposing player on a breakaway dunk.
He also had a small amount of bleeding on the frontal lobe of his brain, the Star reports.
Etherington, a 6-5 sophomore, lost control in the air after he was pushed from behind by Peru's Josh Hobson under the basket following the dunk, which sent Etherington flying to the floor, the paper reports. His head hit the the floor hard, and he was taken out on a stretcher.
Hobson was called for an intentional foul on the play, the Kokomo (Ind.) Perspective reports.
"The scariest part was that he had temporary paralysis," Brett Etherington, Alex's father, told the Star. "He couldn't move anything. But once he could start to move his arms and legs, we knew it wasn't as bad as it could have been."
He is expected to miss the rest of the season.