Wednesday November 12th, 2014

Albany men's basketball signed 11-year-old JP Honsinger on Wednesday as part of its early signing class.

Honsinger was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C disease in September 2013. It is also known as childhood Alzheimer’s and is a rare neuro-degenerative disease that leads to neurological problems, for which there is no cure for at this time, according to JP's website.

The sixth grader is from Clifton Park, N.Y., and plays point guard. 

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Albany head coach Will Brown gave a statement about Honsinger along with the signing announcment:

"At 11 years of age, JP is the youngest player we have ever signed.  He is a lightning quick point guard with big time range on his jump shot ... Nobody in the country will be signing a player with JP’s toughness.  We are very fortunate to be able to sign JP during the early signing period as we feel he is a recruiting coup for us.  His character and toughness will allow him to make an immediate impact in our program."

You can find more information on childhood Alzheimer's and how to support JP Honsinger at his website, Jammin' For JP.

- Molly Geary

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