ESYC Hoops Highlight: Lucas Hudson

Some refer to him as “The Catalyst”, while others know him as “White Chocolate”. At ESYC we have watched him flourish in his latter middle school years as one of our Travel league players — seeing his hard work pay off in dividends. In this ESYC Hoops Highlight we salute Lucas Hudson!

Lucas as a So. Lehigh Spartan

Lucas as a So. Lehigh Spartan

This year Lucas hung up his ESYC jersey as a middle school graduate to go on to play with the Southern Lehigh High School Spartans — not before making his mark among the most elite middle school players in the Northeast US, and beyond. Most recently, Lucas made the Morning Call’s Sports front page for his phenomenal performance at this summer’s Annual Lehigh Valley Sportsfest this past week while playing for his new high school team. This prestigious exposure follows his award as MVP in the Jr. All-City Classic, and a great performance with Nike’s Team Final in AAU Nationals — finishing 13th in the nation!

Aside from his great performance on the Court, Lucas maintains a straight “A” average, having graduated from one of the Lehigh Valley’s top private schools, Lehigh Christian Academy. When recognized for his accomplishments, Lucas never fails to give God thanks, citing, “If you work hard and stay humble, the sky is the limit”.

Lucas can be seen in just about any Skills and Drills session available in the area — including the I’m Possible Pro training offered at ESYC. He has been especially noted for his “craftiness” by I’m Possible Pro Trainer, Lemar Washington — citing that Lucas would be able to implement new skills learned in a very short amount of time.

Lucas and Mom, "Miss Marsha"

Lucas and Mom, “Miss Marsha”

Traveling often, Lucas’ dad assists him with his schoolwork remotely, while his mom, “Miss Marsha”, as she likes to be called, has become a familiar face in the youth basketball arena this side of the Northeast. “I absolutely love being a part of Lucas’ basketball life because of all the wonderful people I have met”, says she.

We will miss you as an ESYC player, Lucas, but know that your success will continue. ALL THE BEST TO YOU!

Lucas Hudson, aka “The Catalyst”
Summary Information:
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Age & height as of this Highlight Age 15, 5′ 7″
High School Southern Lehigh High School
Middle School Lehigh Valley Christian Academy
Colleges interested in Kentucky, Villanova
Basketball playing career 2nd grade – present
Career history:
2011–2013 East Side Youth Center Travel League
Nike Team Final AAU
ESYC Elite AAU (part-time)
Previous Team History AAU: Team Izod, Team Battle, Lehigh Valley Heat, Lehigh Valley Basketball School
Travel League: Southern Lehigh, Allen
Middle School: Lehigh Christian Academy Mustangs (League Champions, 2 years in a row)
Intramurals: So. Lehigh Intramurals, Team Spirit (1st Baptist Church)
Guest appearance: Wall2Wall AAU
Career highlights and awards:
  • Academic Elite Award (FunSports, Brooklyn NY)
  • SCBL Most Valuable Prospect (Pennsylvania)
  • All-City Classic MVP (Philadelphia)
  • Hoop Group All American Camp All-Star (New Jersey)
  • VIA all-star game MVP (Pennsylvania)
Fun Facts / Trivia:
  • Is known for his faith in God, and biblical quotes
  • Was part of 2 AAU teams which finished 13th in the AAU Nationals during his tenure (Team Final, Team Izod)
  • Maintains a blog for Basketball Spotlight
  • A much younger Lucas

    A much younger Lucas

  • Broke his knee at age 12, and was out for 4 months
  • Played soccer goalie in his 8th grade year at Lehigh Christian Academy, played baseball through age 10, and loves to play golf with his Dad (an avid golfer, himself)
  • Loves to spend time with his grandmother, “Lulu” who lives within walking distance
  • Favorite Player is Kyrie Irving, and followed “Hot Sauce” of the And-1 Basketball Organization
  • Credits local area coaches Tony Krempa, and Derrick Mims for great early training
  • Signature move: Studder step cross-over

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