A few weeks ago, after Florida’s win over Auburn, Jalen Hudson was talking about Gators teammate KeVaughn Allen and how he just needs to stay aggressive with his shot, when the conversation took an interesting turn.
“You’re not always going to hit the first shot. I have to remind myself of that too. Arguably the best player ever shot 50 percent from the field, Michael Jordan, so you’ve just got to keep that in your head,” Hudson said.
That prompted a follow-up question from one reporter: arguably?
“You know I went to LeBron James’ high school, so I don’t know, I don’t know. Nah, I’m just kidding,” Hudson said, wisely choosing to stay out of the Michael Jordan-LeBron James debate.
But Hudson did share some reflections from his meetings with James, when Hudson played at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.
“A bunch of times. He came to one of our games and he came to one of our practices. He’s just a normal guy. It doesn’t even seem like he’s an NBA player. He’s real relatable, super humble. He was talking to us about life more than basketball. … Just a great guy all around,” Hudson said.
James, of course, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school star at St. Vincent-St. Mary and has became a global sports icon since. But he’s always maintained a strong connection with where he grew up.
“[He] gave a million dollars to our gym in high school,” Hudson said. “Just a great guy, trying to do a lot for the community. He’s building a school in Akron, a whole school that’s his. So he’s doing a lot. He’s a great guy.”
Hudson, meanwhile, will look to make his mark on the national stage as the No. 6-seeded Gators play No. 11 St. Bonaventure in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night in Dallas.
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