DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) - Imagine being told in the 8th grade you'd only have a 1% chance of playing basketball again after falling and breaking your hip. That's exactly what happened to one Derby High School student.

Jack Ulwelling didn't let what a doctor told him stop him from getting back on the court. Now he's a starting guard for Derby High School. And the way he moves on the court, you'd never known he broke his right hip three years ago.

“[I] Went to a doctor, and said I was most likely not able to play a sport again, not contact sports. And that really hurt me in that moment,” said Ulwelling.

Not only did that hurt him in the moment, but he had obstacles to overcome including surgery. In April of 2021, he had four screws put in to re-attach the femur head to the bone followed by months of rehab.

“I didn't do any summer basketball camps, I couldn't put pressure on my leg for three months. So by the time I was done, it was six to seven months,” said Ulwelling.

But Derby High School head basketball coach Brett Flory didn't have any doubts in Jack. Even when he visited him after the injury.

“I went and visited him at his house not long after his surgery. Just kind of lift his spirits a little bit,” said Flory. “The minute I talked to him, I thought he had a chance to bounce back from this.”

Jack didn't get back on the court until December of 2021. But he didn't waste any time making a name for himself.

“He had one or two 30-point games on the freshman team, you wouldn't of hardly known what had happened unless you knew it happened,” said Flory.

From being on the Freshman Team, he came off the bench his sophomore year and scored the winning basket in quadruple overtime leading the team to the State Championship.

As a junior, he's starting and takes hits for the team despite his injury.

“He's already set the program record with charges taken as a junior with this injury. Every time he does it makes me nervous,” said Flory.

Jack says aside from basketball he wants to study sports psychology and share his story.

“I want to talk about my injury and help other people coming back from injuries. And help them and help their mental at the collegiate level,” said Ulwelling.

Saturday Jack will play in the Sub-State Championship games for the second year in a row. Despite being told three years ago, that he'd only have a 1% percent chance of playing basketball again.