All Mid-Major SG: Lester Hudson

Justin KundratCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2009

Lester Hudson truly is one of the most remarkable players in the country. A junior-college transfer who arrived at Tennessee-Martin in the 2007-08 season and then declared for the NBA draft, but weeks after returned to school.

However, it is very easy to overlook Hudson, who plays for a school like Tennessee-Martin (who?!?) in one of the worst conferences, one that never gets more than one bid.

Mr. Hudson has everything working for him though and don’t expect that to change over the course of the season. Ohio Valley Conference play has been a breeze for him, and although the Skyhawks were off to a rough start, Hudson has helped them back onto their feet with five straight wins by an average of 14 points per game. He has also led them to the best overall record in the conference and put them in an excellent position to win the OVC championship bid.

To rephrase what I am trying to say, there is no stopping Lester Hudson. Tennessee couldn’t do it, USC couldn’t do it, and nobody else in the conference can do it. Hudson’s lowest scoring total this season has been 20 points, which would help us understand how he is second in the country in scoring with 27.2 points per game.

For a 6-2, 190 guard, he also rebounds at an unusually high rate. Somehow, even against bigger opponents, he pulls down 7.3 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists complemented by more than 2.5 steals and a block or two. In fact, last year he recorded a quadruple-double in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, the only one in Division I history.

I have never seen someone do so much for his team on offense while still putting himself on the line on defense. Hudson has the body, athleticism, shooting skills, strength, and intangible instincts to be a successful NBA point guard and scouts are finally beginning to realize it.

Think about it this way. Lester Hudson is as important to Tennessee-Martin as Stephen Curry is to Davidson. He is a scoring machine and their primary source for offense, and without him they are a mediocre team. There is no such thing as a night off for Hudson because the Skyhawks cannot afford to rest him for more than six minutes a game, as goes with Curry who is responsible for a majority of the scoring load.

This will not be the last time you see me write about Hudson, because if there is anyone more deserving of national recognition, it is him.

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