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Zach Hodskins gets a walk-on offer from Florida

2014 guard Zach Hodskins just got a preferred walk-on offer from Florida. Who is Zach Hodskins and why should we care? Hodskins, a Kentucky native, was born without the bottom half of his left arm due to complications in the womb, but hasn’t used that as an excuse to give up on his dream of playing college basketball. In fact, the 6’3″ guard is pretty dang good. Check out the video above to learn his story and see his game in action.

Need a KSR connection? Hodskins is Ryan Lemond’s godson, and he and his family are huge Kentucky fans. Hodskins is considered one of the best shooters in Georgia, shooting nearly 60% from three-point range. (Don’t cringe at the Duke reference, but some compare him to J.J. Redick.) His teammates say he is a fearless competitor, and his story is getting some national attention.

After hearing about Zach, Billy Donovan offered him a walk-on spot. Considering Zach’s story, positive attitude, and tireless work ethic, maybe John Calipari should do the same.

Come on Cal, he’s already got the three goggles down:

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21 Comments for Zach Hodskins gets a walk-on offer from Florida



  1. UKHistory
    2:22 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    I am not sure Cal would like the public push for this to happen…but I am all for it. A good Kentucky fan does not deserve to have to walk-on at Florida.



  2. RealCatsFan
    2:29 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    You can at least bet that John would appreciate his position on the team as a walk-on, unlike Sam. 😉



  3. Kev
    2:36 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    John?



  4. KevinM
    2:40 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the chance he gets a few scholarship offers?

    Would like to hear who’s looking at him.



  5. Wedding Planner
    2:56 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Not being mean bout it but Sam Malone is the team because his Dad is a friend of Coach Cal’s.. surely this kid deserves a spot more..



  6. Wedding Planner
    2:57 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    ..but agree with #4.. would be cooler to see him get an actualt scholarship perhaps at WKU or something..



  7. BravoBigblue
    3:07 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky should offer him a walk-on spot. Why not?



  8. Rei
    3:08 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Sam Malone is >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Brian Long.



  9. RealCatsFan
    3:34 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    3,8 – Sorry, meant to say Zach. And I probably got the walk-ons mixed up. Been a busy day, my head’s spinning. Is it happy hour yet?



  10. Drake
    3:45 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    This Kentucky Sports Radio thing is crap. All you do is “talk basketball and football.” “On today’s show, we’re going to talk UK Basketball.” OH REALLY NOW? I DIDN’T KNOW.



  11. 44 Stitches
    4:09 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Zach’s high school down here in suburban Atlanta also got busted for recruiting players. His high school Milton was banned from the state tourny last year. They used to be a powerhouse when they had a crooked coach. Their former coach Boyd was just not only getting players from out of the district he was bringing in players from out of state and holding try outs to see if they were good enough to play at Milton H.S. He also had a few apartments that he would put players up in to live. Milton is in a predominantly white affluent area and would have these thoroughbreds year after year on the roster that lets just say didn’t fit the demographics.



  12. Matthew P
    4:19 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty sure that was Tony Shiavone doing some of the background talk in the video.



  13. kywildcat_96
    4:27 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Friends with his parents and I haven’t seen this kid since he was about 3 but he was tough as nails then and never used his arm as an excuse. It would be awesome if he were to come to UK.



  14. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:02 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Good story, but copy the Gators = not gonna happen.



  15. jonathan
    5:31 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    anybody else think this whole campaign to get Cal to offer a walk-on, while well-intentioned, is somewhat demeaning to the kid? i mean, you talk about limitations and how this kid has overcome them his whole life, and now we just assume that he isn’t good enough to get a scholarship anywhere so Cal should just offer a walk-on because of what? because he has one arm? because it’s a feel good story? i just doubt the kid would appreciate being reduced to a side-show and not judged solely as a b-ball player on the merits of his game.



  16. What 15 Said
    5:57 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Gimme a break. Why would you suggest that Cal offer a spot to someone because another school did? Why would you ever “offer” a walk on spot. Walk-ons should come to you. Don’t waste one minute recruiting walk-ons.



  17. Eazy E or Eric Wright it's all the same
    6:06 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Copying? LOL who cares if Billy D offered him to walk-on first. Kentucky is, and has always been, Zach’s dream school, so why not fulfill a kid’s dream when it won’t cost a scholarship and will likely benefit the team on the court down the road? We sure could’ve used a Cameron Mills-type shooter a few years back when we couldn’t throw it in the ocean from beyond the arc against WVU in the Elite Eight. Zach is going to receive a lot more interest now that his story has gone viral and coaches see he’s capable of playing at the D1 level. UAB has been willing to give him a scholarship for quite a while now, a program that’s on the up-and-up under Jerod Haase and should make some noise this season. Mid-majors will be lining up to give this kid a full-ride.

    Zach would likely become a fan favorite of BBN and a four-year guy that brings some stability and veteran leadership to the program. When he’s an upperclassman, he’ll lead by example and show the incoming freshmen what Cal demands as far as work ethic goes. And as a fan, it’s nice to have these four-year guys who we can become a little more emotionally attached to as we get to see them develop on and off the court over the course of their college careers. Zach could become a legend here, especially if he’s able to earn minutes.



  18. Matter of time
    6:29 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Oh now it’s out their , Cal and his slick ways will offer any day now. And why wouldn’t he? When Rick, offered Elijh Justice, who was trying to lure him to Uk o snake oil Calipari.



  19. Do whut?
    9:47 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    #18 at least attempt to make some sense.



  20. RealCatsFan
    8:55 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    19, when you are an ignorant beaked troll like #18, making sense, as well as spelling and grammar, are optional.



  21. RealCatsFan
    9:03 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Zach reminds me of a guy who I used to work with – he was a cousin (IIRC) of jockey Pat Day. He had almost the exact same situation as Zach – born with only part of his left arm. “Lefty”, as he’s known to his friends, is an excellent athlete. I remember him playing softball, golf, etc., with no limitations whatsoever. Also remember that his right hand was larger and much stronger than average. It’s amazing how people can adapt to almost any situation.