PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Hearing your name in front of hundreds of fans in a packed arena – a feeling all athletes dream of.
Less than a year ago, that dream almost became a nightmare for Gulf Coast Freshman Londell King.
"I remember the date January 29th," King recalls.
That’s the day Shands Hospital found an abscess on king's brain forcing him to have emergency surgery.
"I was in the hospital for two weeks after that,” King says, “I had 43 staples and some stitches too. Stayed in the hospital for two weeks. I remember it was the worst weeks of my life."
King was not willing to let a brain operation stop him from enjoying the game he loves.
"When I first got out of the hospital to go home – I have a basketball rim outside of my house, so I was out there shooting, and I was like 'I'm not done yet'"
"From the summer he proved to the team that he was somebody that was going to bring good energy each day," Coach Jay Powell says.
Next up for King, a four-year college where he will continue to work hard every day – a trait inherited from his mother.
"Just see her go hard every day, she never gave up, she always made sure we had something if we wanted it,” King says, “I guess she just instilled that into me and that was just my drive, I just never give up."
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