In mid-August 6-foot-2 shooting guard Zach Hodskins, who had already begun to receive attention from schools at the mid-major level, saw his hard work pay off in the form of an offer to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Florida. A birth defect resulted in Hodskins being born with a left arm that ended just below the elbow, but that hasn’t prevented the Milton, Ga. native from being a productive player at the high school level.
On Saturday, after taking a visit to Florida, Hodskins announced via his Twitter account that he’s committed to the SEC school.
As a preferred walk-on Hodskins wouldn’t have to try out for the team as most walk-ons do; he’ll have a guaranteed spot on Billy Donovan’s roster. His presence can also serve as motivation for other youngsters dealing with disabilities, as Hodskins can be used as an example of what can happen when one works hard and remains determined.
The last one-armed player in college basketball was 6-foot-11 center Kevin Laue, who played three seasons at Manhattan. Laue’s idol growing up was Jim Abbott, who pitched for ten seasons in the major leagues for four different franchises.