Zach Hodskins One-Handed Player to Florida Gators in 2014 [VIDEO]: High School Guard Offered Roster Spot by Coach Billy Donovan
A kid by the name of Zach Hodskins might be the best basketball player in the world.
At least of the players born with only one hand.
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Several media outlets are reporting that University of Florida men's basketball coach Bill Donovan has offered the 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Milton, Ga., a preferred walk-on spot.
That means that Hodskins would be on the roster for the 2014-15 season but would have to pay for school himself. But he could eventually earn a scholarship with the program.
Hodskins's former basketball coach David Boyd confirmed the offer on Twitter:
"@scoutsfocus I spoke to (Florida assistant) Coach John Pelfrey of U of F, and he confirmed that Zach has been offered the preferred walk-on status. #awesome"
According to collegebasketballtalk.com, a birth defect left Hodskins, currently about to start his senior season in high school, with a left arm that ends just below his elbow.
"I know that people who don't know me sleep on me when I walk on the court," he told USA Today in December. "They don't think I can play or they don't know what to think, but it's when I hit those first few shots or when I go by them is when they wake up. That's when they start playing me hard. That's what I love. I know I've just earned their respect. That's all I want."
According to Prep Rally, Alabama-Birmingham and Birmingham Southern are considering a scholarship offer to Hodskins.
Collegebaskeballtalk.com reported that Hodskins wouldn't be the first Division I player with one hand if he accepts Florida's offer. Kevin Laue, a 6-foot-10 center who also was without his left arm below the elbow, played three seasons at Manhattan, most recently in 2011-2012.
Hodskins' story is reminiscent of that of Jim Abbott, a one-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who once threw a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.