Michael Hudson (SG) is a 173cm guard that has professional experience having played for TC Elite the last four years winning a title and 2 slam dunk contests. He played college ball at Fond Du Lac. He will take part at the 2021 Howard Hoops Combine in Germany. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his basketball career.
Michael thanks for talking to germanhoopscom. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?
Hello Thanks for interviewing me. I’m currently in Minneapolis Minnesota and the basketball life is treating me pretty well here , there is a lot of good Hoop sessions around the city , good competition, I love the challenge
You haven’t found a professional team since finishing at the University of North Georgia (NCAA2). How was the whole process for you in the last year trying to find a club or did you postpone it because of the difficulties with COVID?
Yes I have been playing Semi Pro basketball for the past 4 years with TC ELITE in 2018 we were the champions of the Midwest Basketball League ! The whole process In the Last year was pretty tough because of COVID so I postponed it. Last June I decided to move to Miami in the beginning of COVID , just training and staying in shape , and also giving back to the game of basketball I was helping train kids with this business called M.T athletics !
How big has your urge been to be a professional player since leaving school? Why do you believe hasn’t your dream of being a professional player panned out?
My urge was very high to be a professional basketball player since I left fond du lac college , Which is about 2 1/2 hours from Minneapolis that was always a dream come true but it was difficult because I wasn’t a TOP 100 ESPN player and I also didn’t go to a big university to get the exposure, but I believed I had the hard work and dedication and talent to compete at a high level of basketball .
Let’s talk a little about COPVID-19. What were the biggest challenges for you during this time? Was it tougher keeping that normal work out routine?
My biggest challenges for me during COVID-19 was finding a gym to workout in that a lot of the gyms were closed. Also being in the gym when I did get the chance to play I went to visit my parents and family and I had to be real cautious of who I was around because I have 2 younger brothers and 1 young sister and 1 niece , I didn’t want to get them sick by any means ! It was pretty tough keeping a normal routine in Minnesota as a lot of gyms were closed until I moved to Miami ! A couple of my college friends had some places to workout at so my routine started to be daily instead of only 1 or 2 days out the week .
You will be taking part at the Howard Hoops Combine in Germany in August. How excited are you to show your abilities in front of GM’s and coaches?
Yes I will be taking part in the Howard Hoops Combine in Germany I’m very excited it’s like a dream come true unfolding right before my eyes , I am thankful to be blessed to showcase my talent in front of the GM’S and Coaches because I’m a hard working individual who puts everything out on the floor , to be part of this is. It is a blessings and I just want to take full advantage of my opportunity to show my abilities and hopefully signing my first pro overseas contract !
I got into contact with Coach Ron through a teammate of mine growing up he has been training with coach Ron and introduced me to him . I was living in Miami at the time when I got introduced to Ron , his business partner trains players out in Florida so I was excited to get some professional work in from a great trainer !
Ronald Howard is a legend. He is the voice for the unknown players wanting to get a job overseas. What kind of relationship do you have with him and what do you appreciate most about his character.
The relationship I have with Coach Ron is very Close I would call it. He is very outgoing and I love what he is doing for the game of basketball and also the private trainings sessions he has are really good that will get you prepared mentally and physically to play at the next level. I was never afraid to open up and talk to coach Ron about anything basketball related or not he was there to help every step of the way. I just want to say thanks to coach Ron again for giving me this chance to change my life forever !
What is your biggest goal at the Howard Hoops Combine besides getting a job overseas?
My biggest goal at the combine will be all the knowledge that I will have endured from the coaches , trainers also GM’s just the overall experience of being able to showcase my God giving talent is a blessing to me ! I’m ready to work hard and make new memories and create relationships with my peers !
How big is the chip on your shoulder? You have played at the NAIA level, but surely believe you can play at a higher level. How do you balance that chip on your shoulder?
The chip is really big on my shoulders I have played semi pro basketball for about 4 years now but I know I have what it takes to play at a high level professionally, this is a quote that I live by ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,’ I feel I’m not the best player in the world but my hard work and dedication and drive to get better everyday is at a ALL TIME HIGH and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to sign a contract overseas !
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 173 cm guard that is a sharp shooter, can facilitate and gets the team going. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I’m a combo Guard that lives above the rim I would compare my game too Paul George and also Lou Williams !
What other strengths do you have on the offensive end? What would you classify as your absolute biggest strength on the court?
My other strengths on the offensive end would be my elite athleticism, scoring ability, solid ball handler, above average defender! My biggest strength on the court is my scoring ability and getting to the basket to get my team open !
On what area’s of your game are you working on most so you can continue to grow as a player?
The areas I’m working on most is gaining more body strength and being more explosive , working on my combo moves and also improving my IQ and defensive skills as well !
You are known as being a very good dunker and have won some titles. Talk a little about those memories.
Yes I’m a 2x dunk Slam dunk champion with TC ELITE both scenarios was very exciting and fun for me. It was some great opponents from all over the Midwest , but I came out on Top back to back years ! My favorite dunk Idol is Paul George and Derrick Jones Jr , they are both high flyers !
You’re a high flyer. What is your most memorable play as a player?
My most memorable play is when I got an alley oop from half court my freshman year in college against Mesabi Range , the Stands was filled with fans from both teams , it was a Tie game 88-88 , I was coming down the left side of the court when Kevin Gutter threw up the ball from half court and I went up to get it and dunked it. The atmosphere of the game just change drastically and we went on a 12-4 run to close the game out ! That was my legit ever first dunk in a game !
Who was the best player that you ever battled that went to the NBA?
The best player I have ever battled that went to the NBA is Rashad Vaughn , he got drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015 ! Also is Zach Lofton who got drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2018 ! Those 2 players are high NBA caliber players and it was a great challenge for me I learned a lot from both players !
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
My best 5 Team mates of all time are Freddie Young Clement Gibson Landon Kirkwood Rodney Owens Martavian Payne
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?
Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant R.I.P Mamba Lebron James Shaq !
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
My personal opinion on who the greatest of all time would have to be Michael Jordan because that’s who I grew up watching play the game of basketball , also I believe it’s 2 different ERA’s when Jordan was playing than Lebron is playing , Jordan is the goat of his Era and Lebron is the goat of his Era , this is a never ending debate we can talk about this all day !
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Last movie I saw was Space Jam 2 which is a great movie by the way. It was a great message for the kids !
Thanks Michael for the chat.