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One-handed high school basketball player commits to UF

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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:50 am | Updated: 4:18 am, Mon Oct 21, 2013.

Zach Hodskins has taken the next step on his inspiring journey.

Hodskins, a 2014 basketball prospect who was born without half of his left arm, committed to the Gators via his Twitter account (@Z_B0) on Saturday night.

The Alpharetta, Ga., native’s ability to play at a high level despite having only one hand caught the eye of UF’s coaching staff this summer.

In August, Gators assistant coach John Pelphrey offered Hodskins a preferred walk-on spot, which guarantees he would make the roster but not receive a full scholarship. NCAA Division I basketball programs are allotted 13 scholarships. The Gators currently have 11 scholarship players.

After about two months of mulling the offer, Hodskins finally came to a conclusion.

“Iv [sic] officialy committed to the University of Florida basketball,” Hodskins tweeted.

Hodskins visited UF this weekend and came away impressed, tweeting that Florida’s program is “off the charts.”

Despite missing an arm from the left elbow down, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Hodskins has showcased his strong court vision and three-point shooting ability while at Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton High.

After UF offered Hodskins, he became a national story. During the following weeks, Hodskins made appearances on CNN and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Hodskins is the third commitment in the Gators’ Class of 2014, joining four-star guards Chris Chiozza and Brandone Francis.

Follow Landon Watnick on Twitter @LandonWatnick.

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