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Posted On: 06/21/18 10:45 AM
Colleges searching for a seasoned shooter from a state contending program should look no further than Hudson Gough.
The 2019 Booker guard averaged 7.6 PPG for a Tornadoes group that went 30-3, losing in the Class 6A semifinal to eventual back to back champion Leesburg. Behind 2019 starters Jordan Clark and Johnnie Williams and recent graduates Jaylen Jones and Jordan Curtis, Gough was the go-to guy when it came to the long ball.
He loves to shoot from outside and when he gets going, he brings endless energy to his side. The 6’1″, 160-pounder labeled his junior season a great experience.
“We had one goal and that was to win a state championship, yet we came up short,” Gough told Prep Hoops. “That adds fuel to the fire so we can get back to the Final Four and win this year coming up. We haven’t been that far in 10 plus years so we accomplished many things. My confidence grew in my game in my shot, I feel that I am more consistent and have improved.”
No offers or interest have come yet for the rising senior, but he put on a show at the USF team camp this past weekend. Booker finished 7-1 across three days as Gough dropped 48 points in one game, hitting 13 3-pointers.
“It was a great experience at USF,” he said. “There was great competition and we just came to win, and we did just that. I really enjoyed the USF camp and all of the coaches.”
He’s not part of a travel team currently, but he’s looking to latch onto one for July.
In terms of his biggest strengths, he alluded to his shot first and foremost.
“My shot. I’m a great 3 point shooter and I can hit the mid-range pull up,” Gough said. “I also can get to the basket, get a bucket and if not that make a play for my teammate. I would consider myself a good defensive player because I am matched up against a lot of bigger guys than me I hold my ground.”
He’s aiming to improve his ballhandling among a couple of other things heading into his final high school season.
Gough’s role has already increased alongside Clark, Williams and 2021 guard/forward Curtis Butler. Look for him to do more than just shoot 3’s for a deep and athletic Booker team. He’s an under the radar guy in the Sarasota area who deserves much more attention based off of his ability to score in bunches.
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