One-handed wonder Zach Hodskins verbally commits to Florida

Want your Monday to feel good? You've come upon the right story.

Over the summer we passed along the tale of Zach Hodskins, a one-handed basketball player out of Milton, Ga. You see the occassional story like this every few years. Manhattan had a fairly talented one-handed player a couple of seasons ago. It's inspiring stuff, and bittersweet as it may be, I'll take this over typical college-hoop copy just about every time, especially during the dog days of the offseason.

Hodskins' story is of a similar style to Manhattan's Kevin Laue -- because the kid can play. Really play. national columnist Gregg Doyel detailed Hodskins' nature as a human. Who he is and how he came to act the way he does. Take the time to read it. With Hodskins' enhanced profile nationally, Florida offered him a "preferred" walk-on spot in mid-August.

Hodskins over the weekend accepted the offer and verbally committed to the Gators. This is his Twitter feed.

He'll be a freshman next season. Hodskins is taking the Gators' offer despite what would likely be more playing time at the D-II or D-III level, where he's gotten plenty of attention. And when he gets to school, expect to hear plenty about Hodskins. But this won't be any charity story. He's bound to make legitimate impact on Billy Donovan's program in myriad ways once he gets to campus.

(Hat tip, College Basketball Talk)

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