Not satisfied with landing one underclassman transfer this spring, Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart is now in pursuit of another -- Virginia Tech Hokies guard Jalen Hudson, who announced his decision to leave blacks
According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, the 6'5, 195-pounder from Richmond will travel to Gainesville to see the Florida Gators this weekend and also plans on visiting the Purdue Boilermakers. It does not appear that there are set dates for the trips to Austin and West Lafayette at this time.
Hudson played his high school basketball at St. Vincent-St.Mary, the same private school in Akron that produced LeBron James, but because he's from Virginia, Smart recruited him while at VCU, but eventually lost out to the bigger in-state school.
A starter in 24 of 35 games this year, Hudson announced his intentions to leave Virginia Tech after averaging 8.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 20 minutes per game. His efficiency from the floor was a bit of an issue, as he shot just 40.1 percent overall. However, he did make 34.6 percent from three-point range. Hudson had three games in which he scored 20 or more points last season, including 28 against Princeton in the NIT opener on 10-of-18 shooting, so he does appear to have some upside as a scorer.
Like Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski, Hudson will have to sit out a year and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at the school of his choice. And while Texas doesn't have an overwhelming need for another guard, he does have the length to help Smart with his continued installation of his full-court pressure packages and would add depth and scoring ability for a program that has plenty of scholarships available.