Hudson Plans Visit to Maryland

Dorenzo Hudson

If there were any lingering questions about whether the Terps and Marshville, N.C. combo guard Dorenzo Hudson share strong mutual interest, Hudson's uncle, the man in charge of handling his recruitment put an end to that today.

“I just talked to [Maryland assistant coach] Chuck Driesell yesterday,” said Rick Taylor, uncle of the heavily recruited 6-foot-4 rising senior. “He was just asking if they were in the mix and if they were going to get a visit.”

The answer to both questions, Taylor said, is yes. Hudson, who has been offered one of Maryland’s two scholarships for 2007, has not planed all of his official visits, but one of them will be to Maryland, Taylor said. Hudson has spoken at length with head coach Gary Williams and assistant Michael Adams, Taylor said.

Hudson, according to AAU coach Rod Seaford, is one of the best players in Charlotte Royals history – right up there with Antawn Jamison, Rashad McCants and Justin Gray. He’s currently the No. 51 player in the rising senior class, and the second-best uncommitted shooting guard.

He moved from the ‘2’ to the point this summer when the Royals lost their starting point and thrived, Seaford said, authoring an eye-catching performance at the  Nike All-American Camp and posting summer-high games of 43 and 30 points. Hudson can be classified neither as a jumpshooter or a slasher; he’s one of those players who can only be called a ‘scorer.’

He averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals a game last year for Forest Hills High (N.C) School and earned county player of the year honors. Before his early-summer decision to transfer out of state, he was regarded as one of the top two recruits in the state.

“He’s not what you’d call a great leaper, but every once in a while he’ll shock you with a big dunk,” Seaford said. “He’s [also] a very charismatic leader and clearly the leader of our team.”

Hudson is being recruited by most of the Atlantic Coast Conference. His soon-to-be-trimmed list currently stands at an eye-popping 14 schools. Schools on his hardest this summer: Charlotte, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Miami (Fl), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College. Illinois has been showing interest lately as well.

Hudson has transferred to Hargrave Academy in Chatham, Va., in an effort to bolster his academic standing. He did well in summer school, boosting his GPA to 2.4, and will be taking the SAT this fall.

“I don’t think [qualifying] is going to be an issue at all,” Taylor said.

This weekend, Hudson is visiting Virginia Tech, where his first-cousin and former Forest Hills High teammate – 2008 recruit J.T. Thompson – recently committed. The two would like to play together, but it’s not going to be a determining factor.

Good news for the Terps is that it’s clear they’ll still be on his list when he pares it in the coming week or so, and that his uncle, despite spending his life in Brooklyn and in North Carolina, is a big fan of the Terps and Coach Williams. After a few minutes of chatting, it was obvious Taylor wasn’t paying lip service.

“When Gary Williams came in, I loved how he turned the program around from the turmoil the program was under,” Taylor said, “and I started following them. He put that program back on the map.

“I also like how he changed his approach. I remember hearing about how he had his granddaughter, and his evolvement as a coach … I love the guys he brought in there, tough guys [like] Keith Booth and Lonnie Baxter … I just always liked them.”

Though he appears a long way from trimming from 14 schools to one, Hudson will make a commitment in November. Taylor is working with Hargrave coach Kevin Keats to figure out what weekend will work best for his official visit to College Park this fall.

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