Zach Hodskins, a high school guard from Alpharetta, Ga., was born without the lower half of his left arm because of a birth defect, which would seem to make a basketball career impossible.
But not only has Hodskins become a star basketball player -- which would be impressive in and of itself -- he was offered a spot by Florida coach Billy Donovan as a preferred walk-on, Yahoo!'s Prep Rally reported Thursday.
When I'm out [on the court], I forget my arm isn't there and just play ball. Passion and love for the sport helps me overcome all obstacles. To this day. I haven't come across anything I can't do.
” --Zach Hodskins
Hodskins' story already has received a fair amount of media attention. As Yahoo!'s Prep Rally reported Thursday, Hodskins was so impressive during the 2013 summer AAU circuit that one recruiting site selected him as the most impressive prospect among some of the nation's top players at the ScoutsFocus All-American Camp in Charlottesville, Va., in June.
It's not hard to see why.
Playing and excelling at the high school level is one thing. Putting your Division I prospect defender in a blender just before whipping a spinning no-look pass to a cutter 35 feet down the floor is another.
The Florida offer doesn't include a scholarship, but it does offer the chance to earn one down the line, plus the opportunity to play at one of the premier programs in the country. And according to Prep Rally, both Alabama-Birmingham and and Birmingham Southern are considering full scholarship offers.
"When I'm out [on the court], I forget my arm isn't there and just play ball," Hodskins told the News-Herald of 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."
This is pretty amazing. Half the kids in high school don't use their left hand anyway. It really is amazing what people can overcome when they put their mind to it.
Cool story. Manhattan had a guy with one hand a couple years ago and Notre Dame had a player with a prostetic leg back in the day ( maybe 10 years ago or longer ) who could even dunk. These kind of stories are awesome, IMO.
this are the kind of stories that make me happy and show how much their love for the game i'm proud
I remember at a basketball camp I went to, there was one guy who was missing half of his arm. It was amazing how he was still able to utilize that arm in playing basketball.
And I thought being 5'10 was a real excuse for me sucking...
every accomplishment started as an idea. what a person can think....a person can do
Some people can't be denied and he was selected on merit, this was no publicity stunt from Florida, his highlights looked good and he deserves his spot.
Still a uses his off hand more then Shabazz
I played pick up with a guy played D-II ball who was missing half his left arm. Dude was often the best player in the games. He was tough to check because he was so skilled with his right because it was all that he had and was great at using the half arm to get separation. He was also like 6'3" and a solid athlete with a quick consistent jumper. Don't be surprised if this dude can hang some.