Zach Hodskins video: One-handed basketball player scores first career points for Florida Gators

Hodskins has been a member of the Florida Gators since 2013

Tom Sheen@Tom_Sheen
Wednesday 23 December 2015 15:32

Zach Hodskins made his first career basket as the Florida Gatords beat the Jacksonville Dolphins in the NCAA on Tuesday night.

That's not such a remarkable story, except for the fact that Hodskins has one hand.

Hodskins, who joined the team as a 'walk-on' (a term for a player who joins the team through trials rather than an athletic scholarship) played the final minute of a blowlout win for the Gators, scoring on a drive to the basket after a smart spin move.

The 6ft 4in Kentucky native had been a member of the team since 2013, playing his first minutes last season, and received a loud ovation after scoring his first ever points.

"Really happy for Zach, a great young man, obviously overcoming an unbelievable adversity," coach Mike White said after the 89-65 win. "He's a very, very likable young man. You could tell by the decibel level in the O'Dome when he scored. It was a fun moment for our team and for Zach. Proud for him, happy for him."

Hodskins had missed the previous five shots he had taken in limited minutes over 10 games stretching back to last season.

"I was excited for him," team-mate Dorian Finney-Smith said. "I was here last year, and he never scored. I'm just happy he got it. He can shoot it, so I'm just happy he got that evil man hanging on the rim and knocking his balls out."

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