By: Da’Von Boyd-Jackson

Born in Sarasota, Florida. Bryan Hudson somehow found his way here in St. Joseph, Missouri, to become a Griffon.

“Late night emailing schools around the country, and a week before school started I was offered to come play for Missouri Western for a scholarship,” Hudson said.

Hudson started over 1,300 miles away from home. Standing at 6’3 and weighing at 170 pounds, Hudson looks up to NBA players like Allen Iverson and Kawhi Leonard. Senior guard Hudson definitely took a few traits of theirs and put it to use on the court. He is giving his all this season averaging about 14.2 points per game and already hitting 33 threes midway through the season. Last season he only averaged about 5.3 points per game and only made 4 threes throughout the whole season.

Hudson talked about the difference between last season and this season.

“I put in a lot of work in the gym,” Hudson said. “And, last season I played a smaller role because I was playing more behind the seniors.”

With the second highest average on the team, the hard work from the gym is definitely paying off for him. Hudson averaged only 5.3 points a game a season ago.

Teammate Jason Jones talked about the change that he saw out of Hudson from last year.

“I feel it definitely improved from last year,” Jones said. “He has stepped up in a big way. He is a big part for us in our offense, and he is always holding the best player on the floor.”

Jones compared him to a player Hudson himself said he looked up to, Kawhi Leonard, who is a very quiet individual who is known for his ability to turn defense into offense in a blink of an eye.

The senior has many reasons for working as hard as he does, and it took him no time to recall who his biggest reason is.

 “My mom is my biggest inspiration,” Hudson said. “She has been through a lot and still supported me and my brother even though she is a single mom.”

With the level of play he is playing at and the amount of hard work he has been putting in, I am sure he has done nothing but make his mom proud. With eight games left in his senior year, Bryan Hudson and the Griffons are looking to pull it off and finish this season strong.