Checking in on Allen, Hudson

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Hargrave Military Academy’s postgraduate basketball squad returns to action tomorrow night, meaning Virginia Tech recruits Dorenzo Hudson will be back in action. HMA Head Coach Kevin Keatts, whose team is 10-3 on the year, discussed the progress and potential of the future Hokies.

Allen (pictured right) kicked off the season in fine fashion, helping Hargrave to a 102-62 win in its season opener. The 6-7, 240-pound forward had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven steals in the effort, providing a taste of the versatility he has given to the Hargrave squad throughout the season.

“Jeff is doing well this year,” Keatts said. “He’s like a bull in a china shop. He’s a space eater. As well as he scores it inside, he also has the ability to step out and shoot the three. He’s one of several versatile forwards we have who can score inside and out. And he’s a tremendous rebounder.”

Allen, who has a season high of 22 points, has shown impressive offensive ability.

“He has a great feel for the game and a nose for the ball,” Keatts said of Allen. “In the past, in his roles with DeMatha and Oak Hill, he was more of a role player. We asked him to step up offensively and he has done that this season.”

6-4 guard Dorenzo Hudson has been impressive as well. Hudson scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, in two games at the National Tip-Off Showcase.

“A lot of people get mixed up and call him a shooter,” Keatts said of Hudson. “He’s not a shooter. He’s a scorer. He can score in a variety of ways. He has a nice pull-up jumper from 15 feet. He’s one of those kids who, while you are watching the game, you think they only have 10 points. Then you check the score sheet and he probably has 22. He just knows how to put the ball in the hole.”

Hudson played for Forest Hill High School (Marshville, N.C.) last year, but the adjustment to life at Hargrave has not been difficult for the talented prospect.

“What a great kid he is,” Keatts said. “Dorenzo has adjusted to military life. He’s a likable kid.”

Of Tech’s two recruits, Keatts also added that “these kids are competitors. That’s what I find in both of these guys…they want to compete.”

Allen and Hudson both are taking their senior years at Hargrave. Keatts says

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