For basketball star, it’s a matter of heart over height

Here’s a dose of inspiration.

Johnny Ortiz, a senior at Brighton High School in Massachusetts, is one of the best basketball guards in the state. He led his team to a state championship earlier this year.

He’s hoping his basketball skills will open the door to college, a place neither of his parents went.

“I’m always thinking, ‘you gotta go somewhere. You gotta take your family out of the hood,'” he tells the Boston Globe.

No college has extended an offer to him yet.

Johnny Ortiz, basketball star, is 5 feet 3 inches tall.

You’ve got to watch the full documentary. You won’t spend a better nine minutes, 23 seconds today.

Heart over height

"Being on the short side of a tall game, I'm always having to look up at people." At 5'3", Johnny Ortiz is perhaps Boston's most unlikely basketball star. Watch the full video:

Posted by The Boston Globe on Wednesday, November 15, 2017