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Dorenzo Hudson shooting lights out in ACC play for Hokies

The evolution of guard Dorenzo Hudson has been one of the biggest story lines of the season for Virginia Tech. But perhaps the most stark illustration of just how far Hudson has come can be seen in his shooting percentage and scoring average in conference games.

In ACC games this season, Hudson, a junior, is shooting 46.9 percent and scoring 16.6 points per game. That is good for sixth-best shooting percentage and seventh-best scoring average in the conference.

Those numbers glow in comparison to Hudson's output in previous years. He did not rank in the top 10 of either category in each of the past two seasons. And he never once led the Hokies' in scoring in an ACC game.

This season, Hudson has been a steady performer, leading Virginia Tech in scoring in four ACC games.

Since scoring 41 points in a win over Seton Hall on Jan. 2, Hudson has said the net has simply looked bigger. That is indicative of the confidence with which he is playing. Hudson is taking a lot of shots, and he is making them. Hudson has provided a boost for the Hokies with his hot shooting, especially early in games, helping them get off to a quick 26-7 lead in an eventual win over North Carolina State.

Virginia Tech (21-4, 8-3) plays at No. 6 Duke (22-4, 10-2) on Sunday.

By Mark Viera  |  February 19, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
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