|Latest Hudson trophy is top UTM award |
|UT Martin’s Lester Hudson has another piece of hardware to add to his trophy case. |
The junior was named the winner of the school’s 2008 Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year on Friday.
Meanwhile, senior women’s soccer team member Katie Behrens was named the 2008 Bettye Giles Female Athlete of the Year.
Hudson put together one of the best all-around seasons in Ohio Valley Conference history in 2007-08 and helped UTM make a six-game improvement in its league record. The Skyhawks were picked last (11th) in a preseason poll, but finished fourth and qualified for the OVC Tournament for only the sixth time since joining the league in 1992.
Hudson made school, conference and NCAA history during the season, including becoming the first Division I men’s player to record a quadruple-double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals vs. Central Baptist College) in a game. He also had a triple-double, eight additional double-doubles and cracked the 30-point plateau 11 times during his rookie season in the league.
He finished the season ranked fifth nationally in points per game (25.7); fourth in steals (2.8) and tenth in 3-pointers made per game (3.8).
A native of Memphis who transferred from Southwest Tennessee Community College, Hudson is the first UTM player to receive the OVC Player of the Year award. He was also named to the OVC All-Newcomer squad, becoming just the fourth Skyhawk ever named to the All-OVC first-team. With All-American honors from the Associated Press and collegeinsider.com, Hudson became the first player in school history to claim the honors since the school started playing in Division I.
He will participate in a NBA pre-draft camp later this month in Orlando, Fla. He has been projected as a late first round or early second round draft pick.
Behrens helped lead the Skyhawk soccer squad to its winningest season in history this year, along with scoring a pair of goals in her final home match to give the soccer team its first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament win in program history.
This season, while serving as team co-captain, Behrens set four new individual single-season records. She did so while scoring a team-leading 21 points on a team-high eight goals and 11 assists. She also led the squad in shots and shots on goal for the year. Behrens scored multiple goals in a match three times this season, along with setting a new program record with three assists against Bacone College.
Behrens on the field performance earned her an Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week recognition, along with being named to the All-OVC First Team for a second consecutive year. Her 75 shot attempts also led the entire OVC.
Behrens will complete her collegiate experience Saturday when she dons a cap and gown to receive her degree in communications with an emphasis on public relations.