Louis Clyde Hudson was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player.
Lou Hudson graduated from Dudley High School in Greensboro. As a junior at the University of Minnesota, Hudson averaged 24.8 points and 10.7 rebounds and was named an All-American. After starring at the University of Minnesota, Hudson was selected by the St. Louis Hawks with the 4th pick of the 1966 NBA draft. He was also drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1966 NFL draft.
Hudson was named to the 1967 NBA All-Rookie Team after averaging 18.4 points per game in his first season. At 6’5″, Hudson could play as either a guard or a forward, and he had a long and successful professional career. Hudson went on to average at least 24 points per game for five consecutive seasons beginning in 1969-70, and scored 17,940 points in 13 seasons (1966–1979). He was a six time All-Star with the Hawks (who moved to Atlanta in 1968), and he earned the nickname “Sweet Lou” for his smooth and effective jump shot.
Hudson’s jersey number has been retired by both the Atlanta Hawks and the University of Minnesota.
Career highlights and awards
6× NBA All-Star (1969–1974)
All-NBA Second Team (1970)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1967)
No. 23 retired by the Atlanta Hawks
Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1966)
No. 14 retired by the University of Minnesota