The Texas Longhorns got some bad news a little bit more quickly than expected on Wednesday when Virginia Tech Hokies transfer guard Jalen Hudson picked the Florida Gators over head coach Shaka Smart's Longhorns, he told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Hudson had narrowed his list to Texas and Florida after visiting Austin last weekend.
The 6'5, 215-pounder announced his departure from Blacksburg in early April and visited Gainesville prior to his trip to Texas. The Purdue Boilermakers were originally in line to receive a visit, but were not under consideration when Hudson made his final decision.
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 in 2015-16, 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 and 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.
After landing Tulane forward Dylan Osetkowski and missing out on Hudson and Duquesne graduate transfer forward LG Gill, it appears that the Longhorns are done for the time being on the transfer market unless another name emerges.