Yesterday, we told you about Zach Hodskins, a 17-year-old who was born with one arm that was recently offered a walk-on spot at Florida. Hodskins (who happens to be Ryan Lemond’s godson) grew up in Kentucky, and he and his family are big Kentucky fans, with several connections to Lexington even though they now live in Georgia. Matt and Gregg Doyel talked about Zach’s story on the radio, and since we posted it on the site, it has gone viral. Several national writers wrote about Zach, who received tons of calls yesterday, but he only spoke to one national writer: Gregg Doyel. As a result, Doyel has an excellent profile of Zach over on CBSSports.com.
Gregg goes into Zach’s background and his skills on the court, but during his research, discovered that’s not even the most impressive thing about him. Zach’s story has prompted others with disabilities to reach out to him on Twitter, including Jake Reilly, a 3’9″ basketball player who made a Division III basketball team. Jake said that even though it’s tough going against players three feet taller than him, Zach inspires him. Zach’s response? “You inspire me man, hopefully we will meet one day soon.”
As we’ve mentioned, Zach has plenty of Kentucky connections, and even attended the Tubby Smith basketball camp at UK years ago, earning MVP honors. What would he do if Calipari offered him a walk-on spot?
“I’m from Kentucky,” he said. “I respect their fans and I know how crazy they are about UK and stuff. But I really do love my offer right now at Florida.”
Do it, Cal.