One-Armed Player Offered Walk-On Spot With Florida Basketball Team
You may have heard of Zach Hodskins, the 6-foot-2 guard from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., who has excelled as an outside shooter and ballhandler despite being one-handed. Hodskins was born without part of his left arm, which stops at his elbow.
But he shot an amazing 60 percent from 3-point range as a junior last season, which prompted Billy Donovan to offer him a roster spot. Yes, the University of Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan.
According to a report by Yahoo!, Gators coach Billy Donovan offered Hodskins a spot on the team as a walk-on for the 2014-15 season.
Neither Donovan nor Florida can comment publicly on Hodskins since he is an unsigned recruit. He has drawn interest from small schools and might eventually command a scholarship offer.
The 16-year-old made seven three-point shots in a game last November, averaged more than 10 points [11.3, actually] per game and reportedly has been recruited by mid-major programs.
Hodskins averaged 31 points per game for his midle school team when he was 11.
“He is remarkable,” Milton coach Van Keys told USA Today. “Watching him play would be amazing anyway because he’s that good, but when you consider what he’s overcome to be so good, it’s almost surreal.”
After watching the video below, I fully expect him to make it..