Zach Hodskins, a walk-on who was born without the lower part of his left arm, scored his first collegiate points on Tuesday.
Zach Hodskins isn’t just any walk-on, though. He came to Florida as a walk-on despite having only one hand. Hodskins was born without the lower half of his left arm, but still managed to impress former coach Billy Donovan enough to earn an invitation to walk on.
After averaging 11.8 points in his senior season of high school basketball in Georgia, Hodskins waited patiently for more than a year to get a chance to chip in his first points at Florida.
And he certainly did it in dramatic fashion Tuesday, putting a Dolphins defender on skates with a sick spin move before finishing and drawing the foul.
Hodskins’ story of perseverance and determination can be a lesson for us all. Despite the challenges he faced, the Florida walk-on was able to overcome them with hard work to put himself into a position he will never forget.
It was a moment the thousands of fans who cheered him on Tuesday night, going absolutely nuts when Hodskins’ shot fell, won’t soon forget.
“I know to some it may look and sound crazy, but I didn’t get here by accident,” Hodksins told the team’s website in 2014. “I worked as hard as I could and feel like I deserve this sort of opportunity.”
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015
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