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One-armed high school basketball player lets nothing get in his way (video)

Dec 17, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

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Zach Hodskins is averaging 11.3 points per game through six games, and has 13 3-pointers so far this season for Milton High’s (Georgia) varsity — solid numbers but not spectacular, until you realize that he has only one arm.

The 6-foot-2 junior guard was born with a left arm that ends at the elbow. That didn’t stop him from dominating on his middle school basketball team, and making a big impact as a junior with Milton. He says he gets his inspiration from Kevin Laue, a 6-foot-11 senior center at Div. I Manhattan College, whose left arm is just like Zach’s.

Hodskins, to USA Today:

“I know that people who don’t know me sleep on me when I walk on the court,” he said. “They don’t think I can play or they don’t know what to think, but it’s when I hit those first few shots or when I go by them is when they wake up. That’s when they start playing me hard. That’s what I love. I know I’ve just earned their respect. That’s all I want.”