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Hudson named ACC player of week

After scoring 41 points to lead Virginia Tech over Seton Hall on Saturday, Hokies guard Dorenzo Hudson was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week.

Hudson's 41-point effort, a career high, marked just the 10th time in school history that a Virginia Tech player scored at least 41 points in a game, and was the first time since Bimbo Coles in 1990. Hudson tied a school record by making 20 free throws on 21 attempts.

In the Hokies' two most recent non-conference wins, over Longwood on Thursday and Seton Hall on Saturday, Hudson averaged 26 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

Hudson has been a sound defender for the Hokies throughout the year, but he has started to pick up what Coach Seth Greenberg calls "his city game." By that, Greenberg means that Hudson has been more aggressive in making plays on the offensive end.

But while Greenberg said putting up 41 points was "an astonishing number," he said the most important aspect of Hudson's development may have shown away from the court.

"A lot of people get caught up in the 41 points, but I was more impressed with his leadership," Greenberg said Monday in a teleconference. "In huddles, he was reinforcing things we talked about in scouting reports, talking about what to say and when, what we need to do to win. To me, that was a big as step forward as scoring 41 points because he took ownership."

The Hokies (12-1) play at No. 9 North Carolina (11-3) on Sunday to open their ACC schedule.

By Mark Viera  |  January 4, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
 
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