Here’s a YouTube highlight video of Lester Hudson, who the Celtics drafted with their lone selection (second round, 58th overall) in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Lester Hudson (AP)
After withdrawing from last year’s NBA draft and returning to Tennessee-Martin for his senior season, Hudson again finished as one of the nation’s leading scorers, but the projected combo guard is likely a late second-round pick at best. Given his upbringing in a rough Memphis neighborhood, Hudson was a longshot to make it this far. He didn’t graduate from high school or Southwest Tennessee Community College in his hometown, where he played his first two seasons. Hudson had to pay his own way at Tennessee-Martin while sitting out a year. When he became eligible, the guard recorded the first quadruple-double in NCAA history in his third game with the Skyhawks and finished fifth nationally with 25.7 points per game. He improved that average to 27.5 points this season to finish second behind Davidson’s Stephen Curry. Hudson ended his career as the two-time Ohio Valley Conference player of the year and was twice named an honorable mention All-American. His size isn’t ideal for either guard spot in the NBA, but Hudson could appear in a camp this season or play in the Development League. With his history, the recent college graduate could eventually work his way on to a roster somewhere.