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Celtics pick Hudson

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  June 25, 2009 11:50 PM

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With their lone selection, the Celtics chose Tennessee-Martin guard Lester Hudson with the 58th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft.The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder set an Ohio Valley Conference single-season scoring record with 880 points last season. The two-time OVC Player of the averaged 27.5 points per game last season which ranked nationally second only to Davidson guard Stephen Curry. Hudson also played two seasons at Southwest Tennessee Community College and sat out the 2006-07 season at Tennesee-Martin due to academic reasons. Celtics president Danny Ainge said he wasn't certain whether Hudson would play in summer league play in Orlando in July or whether he would have a chance to make the team next season. While intrigued by Hudson, Ainge admitted that he was disappointed that St. Mary's guard Patrick Mills was picked a little bit earlier.
"I like who he is," Ainge said. "I like his tougness, his ability to score. He has strength and is long. He is one of those guys with the ability to shoot the ball."

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