One armed basketball player commits to Florida

Zach Hodskins commits to Florida as a preferred walk on and his coach of four years is dismissed

Having one arm was no problem for 17 year old Zach Hodskins when it came to his basketball game. So much so he will be playing for Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators next year.

Hodskins was born without the lower half of his left arm leaving only a stub.

Hodskins, from Milton, Georgia earned a preferred walk-on spot for the Gators. Hodskins is 6’-4″ and weighs in at steady 200 lbs. He was first noticed by a recruiter who was originally there to see another player on Hodskins’ AAU circuit.

John Calapari’s Kentucky Wildcats also showed interest in him. But Hodskins decided he would have a better chance of playing time in Florida.

“It’s always been my dream growing up,” Hodskins told Foxnews. “I never expected it to be like this, but the hard work has paid off. I’m ecstatic I’m going to be a Florida Gator.”

Hodskins is now a senior at Milton High School, a power house sports school which captured seven state championships across the board in sports for the 2011-2012 school year. His basketball team went 14-10 in the 2012-2013 season.

He averaged 11 points in 2012-2013 but he is known for his court vision rather than his scoring ability.

But again, with Zach Hodskins’ basketball ability doesn’t come without controversy. Unfortunately, his team didn’t get to go any farther than the regular season, the reason – his coach.

David Boyd, Milton’s boys basketball coach from 2007-2012, was dismissed after being charged with undue influence – illegal recruiting. He won state title with Milton in 2010 and 2012. Many players that now play college ball who played for Boyd in his five year reign were transfer students: Shannon Scott (Ohio State), Charles Mann (Georgia), and Dai-Jon Parker (Vanderbilt). Now Boyd can list Hodskins (originally from Tennessee and moved to Georgia after his parents were contacted by Boyd) to list of transfer players who attended Milton and will have gone on to play at a higher level.

Though the evidence was heavily stacked, Boyd stuck firmly to the story that he did nothing wrong when it came to recruiting. He has already accepted a new head coaching job in Georgia, which is no surprise considering he has over 600 wins and six state titles among the schools he has coached.

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the Milton basketball program, and even though he only received a preferred walk on spot, no one can deny Hodskins’ ability to play with just an arm and a half. With Zach Hodskins only a senior, the nation must wait one more year. But everyone will be watching the first time he steps out on the court as a Gator.