High school senior Zach Hodskins has gained attention for his ability to play basketball with one hand. Now, he may get a chance to compete at the next level.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan has offered Hodskins a spot on the team. Hodskins won’t get a scholarship if he chooses to join the Gators, but he will have a chance to eventually get one as a walk-on.
"That's what I've always asked for," Hodskins told the Associated Press. "I love when people say things like 'he's a ballplayer' first. Before 'he's an inspiration' or 'overcoming the odds.'"
Hodskins hasn’t just been celebrated because he’s able to play with a birth defect. He’s played extremely well in high school, especially against top competition. In June, he was named one of the best prospects at the ScoutsFocus All-American Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The shooting guard stands at 6’2 and is from Alpharetta, Georgia. According to ESPN, UAB has also reportedly pursued Hodskins.
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"When I'm out [on the court], I forget my arm isn't there and just play ball," Hodskins told the News-Herald in northern Ohio. "Passion and love for the sport helps me overcome all obstacles. To this day. I haven't come across anything I can't do."
Below are highlights of Hodskins. After less than a month, the video has over 70,000 views on YouTube.