Will the Real Jalen Hudson Please Stand Up?

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Who in the world was that guy wearing #23 for the Hokies on Tuesday afternoon?  It couldn’t be the guy who combined to score one point in two games against UVA and Boston College recently, could it?

If you were watching the game on TV, you saw Gatorade break out their early 1990s “If I Could be Like Mike” commercial in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  When the Virginia Tech game came back on, I could have sworn that the commercial was about the #23 wearing the maroon and orange.

Seriously, that’s how good Jalen Hudson was against Wake Forest.  32 points.  10-of-10 from the free throw line.  2-of-3 from three-point range.  10-of-18 from the field.  All of that to go along with five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes of action.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  It was a positively MJ-like performance from the guy wearing #23 for the good guys.

It’s not like we haven’t seen it before.  He had 18 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting at Syracuse.  He had 23 points and six rebounds at home against Duke.  That’s really, really good for anybody, especially a freshman.

However, Hudson followed that Duke performance up with the following lines…

UVA: 0 points, 1 shot attempt
BC: 1 point, 4 shot attempts

I could sit here and say that he’s a freshmen and pretend that’s the only reason for the inconsistencies, but I think I would be lying to myself.  How does one do this…

…after averaging 0.5 points per game against UVA and BC?

“Coach Buzz was on my butt all week,” Hudson told The ACC Network after the win over Wake Forest.

No, Jalen.  Buzz has been on your butt all year.  Back in November or December, I was in a media session in Cassell where Buzz Williams said for the first time that Jalen Hudson was the most talented player on the team.  Buzz is somewhat prone to hyperbole, so I sort of laughed it off and figured he was just using the media as an outlet to try to get Hudson to play hard.

Obviously that’s exactly what Buzz was doing,