Jahmani Swanson grew up in New York City. His father, who is not a dwarf, remembers his son being obsessed with basketball as a toddler. Swanson grew up shooting hoops on New York City playgrounds with kids who were much taller, and from a very early age, it was clear he had a gift. In high school he made the varsity basketball team his sophomore year, and he turned down offers to play for several Division II colleges in New York. Swanson weighs pounds, but he is very strong.
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By Sara Malm for MailOnline. Despite only being 4ft5in, Jahmani Swanson plays basketball better than many athletes several feet taller. The year-old from New York, has not let his short stature stand in his way of fulfilling his dream of playing professional basketball. Jahmani Swanson, who was born with a form of dwarfism, plays pro-league with a team of dwarfs, but has not problem taking on players almost twice his size.
Jahmani Swanson is only 4 feet, 5 inches, but he stands tall among basketball players -- even those who are a couple feet taller than him. Swanson, 29, is a star player on the New York Towers, a team where all the players are short in stature, but long on proving a point that little people can play with the big boys. Swanson, who Barcroft dubbed "The Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball," was born with a form of dwarfism, but has been a hoops fan since childhood. All I wanted to do was play. I was a huge fan of Michael Jordan and if he was playing then I was playing," he said, according to the Mirror. Swanson prides himself on his defense and ability to take drive the ball down the court. And if you are going to put the ball down on the floor, you should protect that ball. Swanson believes he would be playing in the NBA if he were just half a foot taller, but insists he has no regrets about how things turned out.
Jahmani Swanson is an American basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters. Born with dwarfism, Swanson is 4-foot-5 inches tall. Years of hard work and dedication led Swanson to amass a large following of his own on social media. He sent waves through the internet captivating thousands of fans, celebrities and the Globetrotters with his amazing handles, lightning speed and agility on the court. Nicknamed "Mini Michael Jordan" for his ball handling skills,  he is well known for his online basketball videos involving him playing against players in streetball who are almost twice his height. Some photos from these videos have made several online News stories. He played for Monroe College, a junior college in the Bronx and played professionally with other touring exhibition teams.