2008 Draft Articles

Written by Matt Bertrand

There have been few players generating more buzz around TDR the past few months than Lester Hudson.

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I would have to assume that this is due to his fascinating story; as well as the extraordinary numbers that he put up this season, his first playing Division I college basketball. The assuredness of most readers that Hudson will make an outstanding pro kindled my interest. In TDR's April 17th interview with Hudson, he also showed little reservation that he will succeed mightily in the NBA. This lead me to wonder exactly how successful high-scoring, mid-major college guards have been in the NBA historically.

To accomplish this I compiled a list of players who met the following criteria:

• 6’0” to 6’5”
• 22.0 PPG or more in a full season of college ball, preferably their final season
• Attended a mid-major college
• Most other major statistics shared at least some common ground with Hudson’s numbers.

I searched through players drafted since 1980, as well as undrafted players since approximately 1995, and compiled the following list:

lester-hudson 2008 Draft Articles - The Draft ReviewOne of the biggest stories of this year's NBA draft has been the huge buzz surrounding Lester Hudson. He was first introduced to the nation in his 3rd game with Tennessee-Martin when he became the first in NCAA history to produce a quadruple double. Hudson's all around play and clutch shooting has reminded many draft watchers of 1996 draftee Derek Fisher with his small school setting and savvy court play. The Draft Review sat down with Hudson, who gave us time out of his busy schedule to talk about his ascent from struggling high school student to potential first round pick.

tennessee_martin 2008 Draft Articles - The Draft ReviewLester Hudson Profile - Story
College: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks
Class: Junior | Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard | Vitals: 6-3 - 190 lbs.
Agent: No | Current Projection: Late First to Early Second

2007-08 Stats: 25.7 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 4.5 APG

Matthew Maurer's Thoughts: Hudson’s amazing story has been well chronicled. He was a struggling high school star failing to make grades who went to junior college. At Tennessee-Martin he's been nothing short of a tremendous success. Hudson is one of the draft's best shooters off the dribble as few can create offensive opportunities like he can. He's 24, so his age will play a role in where he goes in the draft, but if Hudson doesn’t get solid feedback I believe he'll pull-out. Team’s would be wise to seriously consider him as a potential first round pick. Hudson's upside and ability to shoot from the perimeter could make him a quality selection.
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  • Name: Tyrekus Bowman
  • Position: SG/SF
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 185
  • College Team: Augusta State Jaguars
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Tignall, Georgia
  • Birthdate: 7/21/1986
  • Class: Senior
  • High School: Washington-Wilkes
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Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer

Faith can give you the confidence to make bold moves, and after Michael Sturns won last year's Sixth Man of the Year award in the Sun Belt Conference (home to current NBA prospects Courtney Lee and Bo McCalebb) his faith took a big leap forward.

Tired of coming off the bench, Sturns did what few players have the guts to do. He left the Division I program at North Texas and made his way to the Philadelphia based Division II program at Holy Family University to play for Alfred Johnson. Since then, Sturns has developed into a scorer that simply dominates.

Sturns averaged an impressive 26.7 points per game this season to become the Division II leader in scoring. His closest competitor trails him by 149 points. “You look across the country and a lot of kids can’t score," said Coach Johnson. "Michael can not only score, but he can also shoot the ball incredibly well.”

Sturns played point guard during his three seasons for North Texas, but upon arriving at Holy Family, Coach Johnson soon identified scoring as Sturns' calling card. “We began the season with him at the one,” Johnson remarked, “but his ability to score was evident to everybody, so we moved him.”