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Grizzlies Workout UT-Martin/Central High Star Lester Hudson

As the Memphis Grizzlies continue to bring in Players for the Upcoming NBA Draft, they're putting a keen eye on one local product who's done something No Other Division-1 College Basketball player has ever done..

That's record a Quadruple Double in one Game.

Former Central High Star Lester Hudson did it for UT-Martin last season..

But, that's not even half of Hudson's story.

Action News 5's Carrie Anderson fills us in on the rest.

It's been a long road traveled for Memphian Lester Hudson.

The Central High school product has grown from a kid teachers rarely saw in class, to a graduate of UT Martin, and now a legitimate NBA prospect.

Hudson says I'm thankful, very blessed cause there's 1 in a million guys like me that make it out, cause some guys make the wrong turn in life."

Hudson certainly could have taken a different path.

After flunking out of Central, he was able to work on his grades enough to earn a spot at Southwest Tennessee with Coach Verties Sails.

After 2 years with the Salukis, Hudson got another chance with UT Martin.

The rest is history.

Hudson was Ohio Valley Conference player of the year as a Junior and Senior, and last year ranked 2nd nationally in scoring, while leading his team in just about every major statistical category.

It's that kind of impact he hopes to bring to the hardwood of the NBA.

"I'm a complete player." says Hudson.  "I can score, rebound the ball and get my teammates in the game. So I think I can help

them on the, open up the defense, help with the long range shooting and rebound the ball and get it up the court for the fast break."

Now, as Hudson prepares to take on the next challenge, he has advice for kids growing up in the same type of environment.

"Never give up, anything can happen. Never put yourself in a situation to get in trouble. Education is key, that's the one thing in my life that I was really focused on, and I had to realize education was the key to basketball. I had to focus on getting my books strong and I have a degree now, it's been great for me."

With the NBA draft on Thursday, hopefully the best is yet to come.

 

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