Louis Clyde “Sweet Lou” Hudson
A 1962 graduate of Dudley, Lou Hudson was an All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1965 at Minnesota. “Sweet Lou” averaged 24.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game that year, leading the Gophers to a second-place finish in the Big Ten. Incredibly, that next year Hudson led the Gophers’ charge for the Big Ten title with a cast on his shooting hand, still averaging 19.0 points and 7. 5 rebounds per game. Hudson finished his illustrious career as a Gopher with 1,329 career points, as well as a 20.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game average. Hudson then went on to be selected as the fourth overall pick of the 1966 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks, where he averaged 18.4 points per game as a rookie. Hudson later played for the Lakers in what would prove to be an 11-year NBA career. The six-time All-Star amassed 17,980 career points and finished 12th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Hudson was further honored by having his Minnesota and Atlanta Hawks jersey retired and is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.