|Posted by GreenBanner18 on October 5, 2009 at 5:52 PM|
For those of you who haven't heard the Lester Hudson story of how he got to where he is today, here it is.
With 3 picks left in the draft, Lester Hudson's dream came true.
Hudson didn't have the average road to the NBA. He spent his childhood going from one family members house to the next. ESPN's Chris Low explains it like this:
"He thought back to the harrowing shootouts he witnessed, the gangs that ran the streets, the drugs that infested his neighborhood, and all those people he grew up with who weren't fortunate enough to make it out."
Lester only played one year of organized high school basketball. After his junior year, he was ineligable due to his age after previously staying back in school. With no basketball in his life, he drifted away from school. But, with self motivation and support from his high school coach, he returned to a community college to play basketball and attempt to graduate Junior College. His domination at this level left scouts for Division I basketball checking him out. They all soon backed away, however, when he could not fulfil the requirements set forth to graduate.
UT Martin was the only Division I school that believed in him. In order for Hudson to play, he would have to sit out the first year while paying tuition and passing through his classes.
"I'd come that far. I wasn't going to give up," said Hudson, who took advantage of the academic support system at UT-Martin and in his own words, focused academically for the first time in his life. "My dream was to play Division I basketball, and I was going to do whatever it took to make that happen."
Lester stuck it out and put himself in a position to have an explosive college career, earning himself a scholarship. He stayed and played for the Skyhawks for 2 years averaging 25.7 and 27.5 ppg. Hudson became the first player in Division I history to put up a quadruple-double where he scored 25 points, had 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals. He doesn't just do it against the weaker opponents, though.
"He's also showed greatness against the big boys, erupting for 36 points, nine rebounds and six assists against Vanderbilt, 35 points and 10 rebounds against Memphis and 27 points and 11 rebounds against Mississippi State. "
Those games were during the 2007-08 season. He put up good numbers this past year against USC where he scored 20 points, and against Tennessee scoring 20 points and 5 assists.
During the Celtics Summer League, he injured his finger. He could no longer prove himself in the teams summer games. All he said was once he got back, how hard he would try to make the team. Apparently it worked, and now he is in the NBA and has received his contract just last week. All he needs to do is prove himself worthy of remaining in the league. With the mentoring from the elite team he is on, and keeping the same drive and motivation he has had up till this point, I can see him staying in the NBA for quite some time. I wish for nothing but good things from this guy.
Article via ESPN Chris Low