Hudson's Stock Goes Way Up

No one made a bigger splash the first night of the Boo Williams Invitational than Dorenzo Hudson. The 6-foot-4 wing rocketed from small town fame to the big time, earning a spot in the Top 50.

It happened so fast no one really had time to process the achievement. Dorenzo Hudson, a shooting guard with the Charlotte Royals dropped 49 points in his opening game at the Boo Williams and never looked back. The former Marshville (N.C.) Forest Hills guard attached a rocket booster to his stock after that game.

"(The game) affected me a lot," Hudson told "I started getting a lot of calls and it helped out a lot. I had a whole bunch of people come talk to me and I knew the next few games better teams were on the schedule and it was going to be tough for me to do it again."

Hudson never replicated the scoring performance. There was no need to. Like Patrick Christopher from the Class of 2006 who also strung together a few big scoring games, he validated himself as a player that first weekend in April.

"It was better than expected. I wasn't expecting so many people to give me a call."

For Hudson, the attention snowballed. Coming from a small high school program tucked away in the basketball crazed state of North Carolina, he was now on the scene. We had seen him with his high school team during the year and it was obvious he was a player. How good, well in April that question had been answered.

In the latest rankings, Hudson rocketed up the charts to No. 45 in the country; the No. 13 shooting guard overall.

Programs are beginning to take notice. It's early, but Hudson said that Miami is his leader. "They text me every afternoon and we talk about every day. I'd have to say they are on me the hardest."

But the ‘Canes have company. Virginia Tech, Georgia, Clemson, East Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest are chasing him. He's been to Virginia Tech and Georgia during his season.

Hudson said he's merely trying to see who gets involved before making a decision. He'd like to hear from UNC and ACC rival Boston College. "I like their style of play," Hudson said of the Eagles.

So far, everyone on his list except for Wake Forest has offered a scholarship. Hudson has since transferred to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military for his final year of high school.

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