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09/26/2013 01:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Xavier University Signs 12-Year-Old Trey Couch, Youngest Player Ever, For A Good Reason

On Monday, 12-year-old Trey Couch became the youngest player ever to sign a National Letter of Intent at Xavier University.

As a general rule, Xavier has no business recruiting basketball players currently in middle school, but young Trey isn't your typical prospect. In 2010, he was diagnosed with cerebellar degeneration, a rare neurodegenerative disease that slowly weakens one's sense of coordination and balance. The disease has no known cure.

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Trey signed with Xavier as part of an effort by Team Impact, a nonprofit that pairs children facing life-threatening illnesses with college athletic teams.

In addition to the signing, Trey was the highlight of a press conference in which Xavier Basketball players, pretending to be members of the media, peppered him with questions.

"You were a highly-touted player coming out of middle school -- what made you decide on Xavier?" Justin Martin asked, claiming to represent ESPN magazine.

"It's a good basketball program ... with one heck of a head coach," Trey responded, with help from his new coach.

But Trey may yet need more media coaching: Asked who his favorite team was, Trey answered, to laughs, "Kentucky."

“This is a great opportunity for our team,” Xavier University men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack said in a media release. “Sometimes we look at our everyday challenges and think we have it tough. We try to teach our student-athletes that there are a lot stiffer challenges that other people have to face.”

WATCH the "press conference," below:

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