Hargrave Experience Helps Talented Hudson

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County Player of the Year as a junior at Forest Hills High School (Marshville, N.C.), 6-4, 185-pound guard Dorenzo Hudson felt it was time for a change. The Virginia Tech recruit decided to transfer to Hargrave Military Academy to finish out his prep career and the change has been for the better, as the talented guard feels like an improved player in several ways.

“It was a very good experience,” Hudson said of his Hargrave experience. Once he graduates, he’s all set to enroll at Tech later this year. He signed with the Hokies last November. “I play against greater competition day in and day out just in coming to practice everyday. It makes you better. It makes you better as a player.”

In his junior season at Forest Hills, Hudson averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals per game. A gifted talent, he wanted to improve his mental toughness at Hargrave. Mission accomplished.

“Back in high school, my mindset was that I could take games off. Here, you can’t take days off,” Hudson said. “You have to come and play everyday, so, in that way, it helped me with my mindset.”

The tough mindset has also translated to improved play on the defensive side of the ball.

“I have improved my defense,” Hudson said. “Basically, Coach Keatts was looking for someone to step up and take charges and stuff like that. One day, I just decided I’m going to take all the charges in the game. For my on-the-ball defense, Coach Keatts just told me I was too relaxed and back up on my heels. I just took what he said and just tried to get better.”

A more mature Hudson is just what the Hokies will need next season with guards Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon finishing out their outstanding careers this season.

“I feel like I’m going to have to step into some big shoes because they’ve done a lot of work at Virginia Tech,” Hudson said. “I’m just going to try and listen to what the coach is saying and see what he wants me to do. Then, I’ll just play like I know how