It's not often that college basketball coaches get to help a dream come true and strengthen their program in the process.
That's exactly what head coach Billy Donovan did over the weekend.
Remember Zach Hodskins, the one-armed baller who became a national story this summer? I wrote about Hodskins in August when he got an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Florida.
Hodskins took a visit this past weekend to Gainesville, and he committed on Saturday.
Before anyone comes to the conclusion that this is a PR move or an act of charity, be sure to watch video of Hodskins.
He can play. He can really shoot. He made nearly 60 percent of his threes for his high school team in Georgia as a junior. And when you can shoot with that kind of accuracy, any college team can find a place for you.
That's why this is more than just a feel-good story. The way Hodskins shoots it, he's well worth a preferred walk-on spot.
But at the same time, this is a feel-good story. It can be both.
By the time many highly coveted high school players get the chance to sign with a program like Florida, they have been chased and told how great they are for so long that the process loses some of its luster.
Some are entitled. Some are just exhausted by the process.
For Hodskins, I'd hope, the chance to go on a recruiting visit just like any other player Donovan is recruiting had to be special.
And when he committed, he achieved a dream.
He's no longer just the kid with one arm who plays basketball. That will always be part of who he is. But by next year, so will this:
Zach Hodskins is a college basketball player at one of the finest basketball programs in the country.
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