Va. basketball player with autism scores first career point, becomes ‘small town famous’

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TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. (WAVY) — An Essex County High School basketball player with autism has become an internet sensation after he scored his first career point during a game Wednesday night. 

The moment was captured by Kennon Turner, who posted the video to his Twitter shortly after it happened. Since then, it has gotten over 58,000 views and nearly 3,000 likes — large numbers for a county that has an estimated population of around 11,000. 

With seconds left in the game, Juwaun Hall walked onto the court. He was fouled and stepped up to the line to take his shots.

In the video, you can hear the crowd start to cheer as Hall prepares to shoot the ball, wiping the bottom of his sneakers and stretching his arms. 

Hall shoots, the crowd holds their breath and in it goes, off the backboard. The gymnasium immediately erupts with applause and celebration, friend and foe alike.   

Opposing players from Northumberland County High School, as well as his own teammates, shake Hall’s hand, congratulating him before he took his second shot. 

The next day, Essex County student, Madisyn Carson, tweeted a photo of Hall smiling, stating he said he “feels famous.” 

And, in case you were wondering, the Essex Trojans beat the Northumberland Indians that night, 65 to 49. 

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