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One-handed high school phenom offered roster spot by Florida

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

The ever-uplifting trope of sports is how quickly and unexpectedly dreams can become reality.

Less than a week after we passed along video and the latest story on one-handed wonderballer Zach Hodskins, Billy Donovan and Florida have offered him a roster spot.

A "preferred walk-on" spot, but a seat on the team bench nonetheless.

How great is this?

Hodskins is a senior from Alpharetta, Ga., who can absolutely play, by the way. This is no charity situation. Check him. The ball-handling and passing ability Hodskins possess are superb.

Hodskins was born without the bottom half of his left arm due to complications in the womb. The 6-3 guard has built himself into a really good player and exceptional shooter from deep. He's said for a while now that he hopes to earn a Division I scholarship, so perhaps this is the way he'll go about getting it.

Look at it this way. Florida offering him a preferred walk-on spot means he'd have a foot in the door to earning an actual scholarship at UF down the road. If not that, perhaps this kind of publicity will incite other schools to step up and offer Hodskins a true scholarship. As of right now, according to Yahoo Sports, University of Alabama-Birmingham and Birmingham Southern are both considering making the commitment.

It still being August before his senior year of high school, Hodskins has plenty of time to decide on what he'll do and where he'll go. Who knows, maybe this will turn into the recruiting courtship he'd always dreamed about.

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