Meet Zach Hodskins, a One-Handed Basketball Phenom Who May Walk on at Florida
Zach Hodskins only has one arm. Now he has an offer from Florida to play basketball.
Hodskins will be a senior at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., and according to his former coach David Boyd, the one-armed baller has been offered a preferred walk-on spot by the Gators. Yahoo! Sports' Cameron Smith added that Hodskins has also received interest from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Birmingham Southern.
Cool story, right? It is. But it's much more than that. Hodskins can play. His highlight video has more than three million views for a reason.
Hodskins shot nearly 60 percent from the perimeter this past season for his high school team in Georgia. Make a guy use one hand, and he's bound to become twice as good at shooting, dribbling and passing with that one hand than the next guy is with two. That's the case for Hodskins.
The way he can control the ball is incredible.
Here's a scouting report, courtesy of Get Me Recruited, from a camp he attended this summer in Virginia with his camp highlights below:
Zach was by far the most impressive kid I saw this weekend and I just couldn't stop talking about his resilience and perseverance. I could tell you I was most impressed because of his ball-handling skills that blew me away as he crossed defenders over and blew past them. I could tell you it was because he was one of the most deadly three-point shooters at the Scouts Focus All American Camp. Or I could tell you it was because he pushed the ball quickly yet under control only to throw a pin point perfect pass or drove to the basket hard and aggressively. Or should I say it was because he was so athletic he came through the middle of the paint for a rim-rattling dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. All of those things are true and very valid reasons for him impressing us so much but what if I told you he did all of that with only one arm? Let’s just say this kid is an inspiration to us all and not just because of how well he played…
Florida head coach Billy Donovan cannot comment on any current recruits and why the Gators would be interested in Hodskins, but chances are it goes beyond the story. You can find a spot for a guy who knocks down over half his threes.
Will Hodskins end up in Gainesville?
If you follow Hodskins on Twitter, you'll see that he might have his eyes on another SEC school if its coaches come calling. As he tweeted (and then deleted) on Thursday, "Great to hear I was a subject today on @KySportsRadio. I'm Kentucky grown. Go UK."
John Calipari better pay attention.
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