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Presley Hudson

School

Central Michigan University

Position
Guard
Major
Physical Activity- Specialist

Classroom

Hudson exemplifies the student-athlete label to a tee. Since arriving at Central Michigan, Hudson has carried at least a 3.5 GPA all three years. She has been named to the Mid-American Conference All-Academic team twice and currently caries a 3.7 cumulative grade point average. This fall, Hudson was named the Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award winner, one of the highest individual honors a Chippewa student-athlete can achieve. The award goes to a Chippewa who epitomizes athletic and academic achievement and is considered a leader of his or her team. Such is the case with Hudson, who is studying to be a physical activity specialist and carries a 3.7 grade point average. She joins a prestigious list of former Chippewa student-athletes, some of the very best and brightest to have ever worn the Maroon and Gold.

Character

Hudson is often characterized as a “Gym Rat” by head coach Sue Guevara who often has to hold back the guard from all the extra work she puts in. Since her freshman year, Hudson has set the tone of the relentless work ethic that embodies CMU women’s basketball. Hudson’s love of the game and obsession with getting better has been embraced by her teammates over the last three years. Hudson’s love of the game can be traced back to her upbringing. Her father, Mike Hudson, is the men’s basketball coach at Wayland Union. Her older brother, Wes, played at Cornerstone University while her younger brother, Avery, is a sophomore guard at Davenport University. Hudson has served as a model student, athlete, teammate, role model and since arriving on campus.

Community

Hudson has been at the forefront of every community service project that the women’s basketball program has been involved with over the last three year. Hudson and her teammates regular visit local elementary schools to interact and share their experience with the local youth. Every year the team hold its Hoops for Hunger game where upwards of 3,000 elementary students from across the mid-Michigan area come to the arena to watch the game. Prior to the event each school in attendance participates in a food drive to donate to local food pantries. Winners are also announced at the game and the athletes are involved in several different aspects of the event. Hudson is also very involved in the summer youth camps held by the program.

Competition

When Hudson concludes her career at CMU, she will go in the books as one of the most decorated athletes in both women’s basketball and Chippewas athletics history. Hudson has started every game – an even 100 – since setting foot on campus before the 2015-16 season. She has been the point guard since day one, averaging 16.4 points and 4.5 assists per game. She is fourth in program history with 1,635 career points and, barring injury, should supplant Crystal Bradford at the top of that list (Bradford scored 2,006 from 2011-15) when it’s all said and done. Hudson’s name appears on nearly every game, season and career top-10 list in the program record book. The Chippewas have reached unprecedented heights since Hudson’s arrival, culminating last March in a program-record 30 victories, a Sweet Sixteen appearance, a second consecutive Mid-American Conference regular-season championship, and the Chippewas’ first league tournament title since 2013.
Hudson, the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2015-16, has been named to the All-MAC First Team in each of the past two seasons. She should, without question, draw serious MAC Player of the Year and All-America consideration this season.