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Florida's Zach Hodskins makes first basket of Gators career

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It was a bigger deal outside the O'Dome than in it.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida's Zach Hodskins made the first field goal of his Gators career on Tuesday night, a driving layup with 36 seconds remaining in the Gators' 89-65 win over Jacksonville. It was a fine shot, and received a nice round of applause in the O'Connell Center.

Beyond Gainesville, though, it was a Big Deal — as it typically would be if any one-handed player made a shot in a college basketball game.

Hodskins's bucket was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's vaunted Top 10, and named Scott Van Pelt's "Best Thing I Saw Today."

But maybe the coolest thing about it is how little Hodksins lacking a hand on his left arm seems to matter. His teammates are happy for him because he's their teammate. Van Pelt — probably unintentionally — says Hodskins has "one arm," which is technically wrong, but does not belabor the point. I barely even mentioned the play in my recap — and frankly, I'm just happy that we can move on from waiting for his first basket to waiting for his first three.

Hodskins wants to be measured and evaluated as a basketball player. He's finally made a shot that allows us to do that. And that's simple, and cool.