Monday, September 24, 2012

Diary Of A Baller: Lucas Hudson (Center Valley, PA) Entry #1

This season Basketball Spotlight will have a few players completing the Diary Of A Baller. Our first participant will be Lucas Hudson of Pennsylvania.  

Hi Basketball Spotlight World! It’s Lucas Hudson from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, the new “Diary of a Baller” writer. I attend Lehigh Christian Academy in Allentown, PA. I’m in the eighth grade and not sure where I will be attending high school next year. Coach Henry Fairfax of The Haverford School and Coach Phil D’ Ambrosio of The Shipley School have expressed interest in me which is a great honor. There are also several schools near my home I’m considering. My parents and I continue to pray about this big decision in my life. 

Basketball is my passion and my life and I rely on GOD to help me with every aspect of my life. Off the court I enjoy playing golf with my dad, working out, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. As crazy as it may seem, this fall I’m the goalie for our school soccer team. I’ve never played soccer in my life, but I’m enjoying the opportunity to play a different sport. So far, we’ve won our first two games. 

Now back to basketball: I started my AAU career playing with Lehigh Valley Basketball School for two years when I was nine years old. I also played “up” two years with a local team and one of my coaches suggested that I try out for Team Battle in New Jersey. My parents discussed the big commitment it would be to drive back and forth from PA. to New Jersey. I tried out and was very excited when Coach Gary Battle told me that I made the team! My parents were really proud of me and didn’t mind the travelling distance since I was getting such excellent coaching. I played one year with Team Battle and we won several Basketball Spotlight championships along with a top 15 finish at Nationals. Some of the best and hardest practices of my life were with Coach Battle. I have to say thank you to Coach Battle and Coach Pierre-Louis for helping me develop my game during those years with Team Battle. 

During my 12U year I got injured (broke my knee bone) and missed most of the AAU season. But, I came back strong during the Basketball Spotlight Super Showcase and the John Lucas “Future of the Game” East. Then I joined Team Final for my 13U season. We had a great year and even though we had many final four finishes, we came together at the end to win several championships and a top 16 finish at Nationals. 

This summer was a great one for me. I attended many showcases and got a lot of exposure from the Hoop Group Future All-American camp and several others camps. Currently I am playing in two fall high school leagues with Team Final which is really helping us as a team since we are playing up. Shout out to Rondae Jefferson for coaching us at the Chester H.S. fall league. 

Lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Melton for giving me this amazing opportunity to be a writer on Basketball Spotlight. I also want to shout out to Tyus Battle on his great diary entries, Coach Orlando Hidalgo and my Team Final family, my mom, my dad, my grandmother (Lulu) and GOD. 

God Bless and see you guys next week!