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Walter Hodge

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Height
6' 0"
CLASS
Sr.
Hometown
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Weight
170 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Florida Air Academy

A talented play-making guard with the ability to penetrate and finish or step back and knock down the three…Tremendous offensive instincts, he 50.0 percent (34-of-68) from three-point range his sophomore season, combining precision shot-making with strong shot-selection and is a career 39.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc…He is by far the most experienced player on the current Gator roster with 47 starts over his first three seasons …A natural left-hander…

AS A JUNIOR IN 2007-08: A pillar for an inexperienced Gator team, Hodge started all 36 games, finished third in scoring at 10.4 points per game, and was second in minutes per game at 30.4 per contest…He dished out 103 assists, second on the squad, and hit 55 three-pointers, the second-highest total on the team…Finished the year with 19 double-figures scoring games, third on the team, while leading UF in scoring five times…Had a strong SEC season, averaging 11.2 points, hitting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and knocking down 27 threes, second on the Gators…Posted 50 steals on the year, second on UF… Averaged 9.0 points per game in 27.5 minutes per game through the exhibition season while averaging 4.0 rebounds with four steals ... Paced the Gators with 35 minutes on the floor, scoring 15 points and snaring four defensive rebounds ... Shot 2-of-2 from beyond the arc for six points, to go along with a pair of rebounds, assists, and steals against Tennessee Tech ... Tallied nine points and four rebounds, to go along with three steals and two assists, in the win over North Carolina Central ... Pitched in 14 points in the win over Rutgers, shooting 4-6 from the field ... Swiped a season-high four steals, while putting up 14 points, in the win over North Florida ... Led all Gators with 11 points, to go along with three assists and a steal, against Florida State ... Tallied six points to go along with a pair of rebounds and an assist ... Dished out six assists and added five points in the Vermont contest ... Scored nine points while snagging three rebounds and dishing out three assists against Jacksonville ... Tallied nine points for the second-straight contest, to go along with a pair of assists and steals, against FAMU ... Scored four points in the win over Georgia Southern ... Marked a season-high with 16 points, while matching career clips with six assists and five steals, in the win over Charleston Southern ... Tallied five points and an assist at Ohio State ... Tallied 12 points and three assists in the win over Temple ... Directed Florida’s offense to the tune of a career-high seven assists, while chipping in with seven points and two boards, in the win over High Point ... Poured in a season-high 17 points - one shy of his career high - in the win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, hitting 6-of-7 shots from the floor and each of his three attempts from beyond the arc ... Turned in a well-rounded performance in the home win over Auburn, scoring seven points to go along with a career-high-tying four rebounds, four assists and three steals ... Rode a second-half surge to 13 points against Mississippi in Oxford ... Scored 10 points, including a crucial three-pointer with 58 seconds left in overtime that highlighted a 13-2 game-ending run by the Gators, in the home win over Kentucky ... Turned in five points, three boards two assists and a pair of steals in 22 minutes versus South Carolina in Columbia ... Scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in the home win over Vanderbilt ... Added three assists and three steals and keyed a 34-6 run with 11 first-half points against the Commodores ... Hit 5-of-10 shots from the field en route to a team-high 13 points against Arkansas in Fayetteville ... Had seven points and four assists at Tennessee ... Enjoyed a 14-point, five-assist afternoon in the home win over Georgia ... Had 10 points and six boards versus LSU ... Tallied 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting at Vanderbilt while adding five assists and two steals ... Sparked UF’s 3-point shooting spree against South Carolina with 14 points on a season-best 4-of-9 beyond the arc ... Added three assists and two steals versus the Gamecocks ... Scored eight points to go along with three assists in road win at Georgia ... Contributed 11 points and three boards against Mississippi State ... Racked up 15 points in first half versus Tennessee and was 3-of-4 beyond the arc ... Finished with 16 points against the Vols with three assists and a steal...Totaled five points and two boards at Kentucky ... Collected seven points and two assists against Alabama in the SEC Tournament ... Battled through early foul trouble to finish with seven points, three steals and a pair of assists in the victory over San Diego State in the first round of the MasterCard NIT ... Tallied a team-high 15 points, three assists and three boards in the defeat of Creighton in the second round of the NIT ... Played perhaps his best game of the season with 18 points and tying a career-high with seven assists ... Finished 4-of-8 from 3-point range with a pair of crucial baskets late to put the game out of reach ... Collected two steals to along with seven points in NIT semifinal against UMass…

AS A SOPHOMORE 2006-07:  Averaged 5.7 points per game and hit an impressive 50.0 percent from three-point range (34-of-68)…Gators were 7-1 when Hodge scored in double-figures…Had a career-high 17 points against Florida State on Dec. 3, 2006 and matched it on Dec. 20 vs. Stetson…Had 15 points in the Gators’ senior day win over Kentucky and 12 in a victory over Tennessee…Had nine points in the SEC title game and five in the national title game...Came off the bench to score seven points a grab three rebounds in 22 minutes against Samford...Netted seven points and dished out a game-high four assists in the win over North Florida...Was perfect from the floor, going 3-of-3 for 11 points, while also dishing out four assists against Jacksonville...Scored eight points in 18 minutes against Chattanooga...Shot 5-of-6 from the floor to post a season-high 13 points in the win over Prairie View...Posted five points, two rebounds and a pair of assists in 15 minutes of action versus Western Kentucky...Saw 11 minutes of playing time in the Kansas game...Played a team-high 28 against Southern in his first start of the season, scoring nine points, handing out a career-high six assists and ripping off a personal-best five steals...Scored 17 points to go along with his career-high four rebounds against Florida State...Also tied career bests in field goals (six) and field goal attempts (nine) versus the Seminoles...Contributed 10 points, two assists and two steals to the victory over Providence...Turned in an 11-point, three-rebound effort in 24 minutes versus FAMU...Connected on a career high-tying five three-point field goals en route to a team-high 17 points against Stetson...His point total against the Hatters tied his season high and was just one shy of his career best...Scored two points, grabbed a rebound and handed out an assist against Ohio State...Had two points and a pair of assists in the victory over UAB...Scored six points and pulled down three rebounds in 24 minutes against Liberty...Contributed a pair of steals to the SEC-opening win over Georgia...Netted five points, collected two rebounds and picked up an assist in just 13 minutes to help the Gators defeat Arkansas...Handed out five assists to go along with five points and two boards in the win over South Carolina...Contributed two points and a pair of assists in the win over Ole Miss...Connected on his only shot from the floor against Mississippi State, finishing with two points and an assist...Knocked down both of his attempts from three-point distance on the way to an eight-point, two-assist evening in the win over Auburn...Handed out two assists, blocked a shot and collected a rebound against Vanderbilt...Hit on 4-of-5 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 beyond the arc, en route to a 12-point, three-rebound night against Tennessee...Chipped in with two points and a steal versus Georgia in Athens...Netted four points, grabbed a rebound and collected a steal in the win over Kentucky in Lexington...Came off the bench for two rebounds and 13 minutes of action against Alabama...Went 2-for-2 from the stripe and 3-of-5 for nine points in Florida’s loss at Vanderbilt...Knocked down his only field-goal attempt of the night - a three-point bucket - against South Carolina, while also collecting a rebound and handing out an assist...Contributed a point, two assists and a steal to the Florida effort against LSU...Helped out with seven points and an assist in 16 minutes against Tennessee...Provided a spark off the bench in the home win over Kentucky, scoring 15 points and handing out an assist in just 15 minutes of work...Knocked down each of the five shots he took from the field against UK, including three from distance, and added a pair of free throws in as many chances...Scored four points and tied his career high with four rebounds in the SEC Tournament win over Georgia...Chipped in with four points and two boards versus Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament...Hit for nine points, while also dishing out two assists, in the victory over Arkansas in the championship game of the SEC Tournament...Dished out three assists and grabbed a board in the NCAA Tournament win over Jackson State...Contributed a point and two assists to the second-round win over Purdue in the NCAA Tournament...Dished out an assist in 14 minutes versus Butler...Netted four points against Oregon in the Midwest Regional final win...Grabbed two rebounds and dropped an assist in the win over UCLA in the national semifinal...Hit both of his shots from the floor against Ohio State in the national championship game, finishing with five points, a rebound and a steal…

AS A FRESHMAN 2005-06: Saw action in all 39 games and started eight contests during SEC play in his freshman campaign…Scored in double-figures on six occasions, including an 18-point showing against Savannah State when he knocked down five three-pointers…First off the bench on 10 occasions, Hodge played nearly 20 minutes a game his freshman year…Solid defensively, he came up with 39 steals, an average of 1.0 thefts per contest…Averaged 3.9 points and 1.2 assists per contest… Saw his first collegiate action against St. Peter’s ... Played 20 minutes, while compiling two assists and one steal against the Peacocks... Scored his first points in a Gator uniform against Albany... Led the Gators in steals with two against the Great Danes…Scored 10 points in 14 minutes against Florida State and delivered two key three-pointers in the first half that kept the Gators in striking distance after falling behind by 17 early... Went 2-for-2 from the floor in 19 minutes of action against Alabama State... Tallied four points, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes of work against UCF...Made 2-of-3 free throws against Providence to finish with four points in 19 minutes... Scored 11 points on 1-of-4 shooting from behind the arc against Bethune Cookman... Made three three-point field goals and five assists against the Wildcats... Played 25 minutes against Bethune Cookman... Had a career-high three steals against Jacksonville... Played 22 minutes against the Dolphins... Scored two points and grabbed two rebounds against Miami... Scored 12 points, on 4-of-7 shooting against Morgan State... Went 4-for-6 behind the 3-point line against the Bears... Scored two points in 18 minutes during his SEC debut against Georgia... Had a career night against Savannah State, setting new highs in points (18), field goals (6), three-pointers (5)... Played 20 minutes against Tennessee...Lead all bench players with five points and two assists against the Vols... Earned his fifth double-figure scoring performance (10) against South Carolina... Also had his first perfect shooting night by going 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point range against the Gamecocks... Played 30 minutes in his first collegiate start against Vanderbilt on Jan. 28... Recorded his first career blocked shot and scored nine points against the Commodores... Played a career-high 37 minutes against Mississippi... Contributed with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Rebels... Was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field against LSU... Had a pair of key lay-ups in the second half to pull the Gators out of a five point deficit against the Tigers... Played 22 minutes against Vanderbilt and scored five points... Shot 2-for-3 from the field against Arkansas for seven points... Contributed with three assists and a pair of free throws against Tennessee... Led bench scorers with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting against Kentucky... Scored three points in 22 minutes against South Alabama at the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville...Grabbed three rebounds against UW-Milwaukee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament… Had two steals in the national championship game against UCLA.

PREP: Averaged 25.4 points, 5.4 steals and 4.2 assists per game for Florida Air Academy as a senior, leading his squad to a perfect 29-0 mark…He was selected as the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year and finished third in the state in the voting for Mr. Basketball…Was selected the MVP of the state tournament after pouring in 33 points in the championship game…Set a school record by draining eight three-pointers in one game…Won two titles in three years, with his squad going 32-0 during his sophomore season…Coached in high school by Aubin Goporo.

PERSONAL: A native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, he came over to Florida Air Academy prior to his sophomore season…Played with current Kansas center Sasha Kaun while at Florida Air…The oldest of six children, …Enjoys reading, going to the movies and hanging out at the beach in his spare time…An avid baseball fan…Born September 21, 1986.

BEYOND BASKETBALL

  • The oldest of six children
  • Spent three years at Florida Air Academy, moving from his native Puerto Rico
  • Played at Florida Air Academy with current Kansas Jayhawk center Sasha Kaun
  • Lists Allen Iverson as his favorite professional athlete
  • Lists Muhamed Ali as the person in history he would most like to meet

Walter Hodge's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB
2005-06 39-8 749 53-137 .387 28-76 .368 16-24 .667 41
2006-07 40-3 709 79-145 .545 34-68 .500 35-55 .636 47
2007-08 36-36 1102 143-298 .480 55-150 .367 34-45 .756 76
Totals 115-47 2560 275-580 .474 117-294 .398 85-124 .685 164
Year AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.  
2005-06 1.1 47 49 1 39 61-0 150 3.8
2006-07 1.2 59 47 1 17 60-0 227 5.7
2007-08 2.1 103 50 1 50 82-2 375 10.4
Totals 1.4 209 146 3 106 203-2 752 6.5

Points
Season. 19 vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Career.. 19 vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Rebounds
Season 4, 5x, last vs. Auburn (1/12/08)
Career 4, 5x, last vs. Auburn (1/12/08)
Field Goals
Season.... 7, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Career..... 7, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Field Goal Attempts
Season... 14, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Career.... 14, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
3-Point FGs
Season... 4, 2x,  last vs. Arizona St. (3/26/08)
Career.......... 5, 2x, last vs. Stetson (12/20/06)
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 9 vs. South Carolina (2/21/08)
Career 9 vs. South Carolina (2/21/08)
Free Throws
Season.... 4 vs. Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Career.... 4, 2x, last vs.  Vanderbilt (1/27/08)
Free Throw Attempts
Season.... 5, vs. UNF (11/20/07)
Career 6, vs. Liberty (1/02/07)
Assists
Season. 7, 2x, last vs. Arizona State (3/26/08)
Career.. 7, 2x, last vs. Arizona State (3/26/08)
Steals
Season..... 5, vs. CSU (12/19/07)
Career 5, 2x, last vs. CSU (12/19/07)
Blocked Shots
Season........... 1, vs. CSU (12/19/07)
Career.. 1, 3x, last vs. CSU (12/19/07)
Minutes Played
Season.. 42, vs. Kentucky (1/19/08)

Misc. Stats 07-08 Career
Times led UF in scoring 5 6
Times led UF in Rebs. 0 0
Times led UF in Assists 3 8
Double figure scoring 19 33
Double figure reb. games 0 0
Double Doubles 0 0
Dunks 1 1
Charges Drawn 4 6
First off the Bench 0 20
Scored UF's First Pts. 4 6
Three Point Plays 5-7 10-14
Final Three Minutes from Line 4-6 10-17

 

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