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Hudgins likes to help out on and off the court

By Maria McIlwain

In middle school, Trevor Hudgins wanted to play the same way as the Harlem Globetrotters.

In eighth grade, though, he learned to give a helping hand, and it’s paid off. Manhattan’s senior point guard broke the school record in assists on Friday and has 259 for his career.
Hudgins likes to help out off the court as much as he can, too, especially working with kids at his church and through youth basketball camps at Manhattan High School. Head coach Benji George has coached Hudgins since his first year at the helm, so he has a special bond with Hudgins and the rest of the seniors. “The arc of my career and the arc of (Hudgins’) playing career are kind of parallel,” George said. “It’s going to be hard when the end of this year comes way down the road, seeing him go because I’ve just watched him grow so much as a person, and playing goes hand in hand with that.” He said he knew Hudgins was talented sophomore year, and it has been rewarding to watch Hudgins grow on and off the court over the years. “To bring that competitive desire to want to improve every day, I think it speaks volumes about a person, and so I have respect for him as much as anything, and I just love him to death,” George said. Hudgins knew he was close to the record but didn’t think he would break it this early in the season.

George wished Hudgins had broken the record under better circumstances. Friday’s 4938 loss at Highland Park was a lackluster performance by the Indians.

“It wasn’t the setting where I wanted to make the team aware of that, or him,” George said. “I wanted it to be more special, because the locker room was awful depressed after the game.”

George knows Hudgins takes a lot of pride in assists, but he wants the senior to shoot more, too. Hudgins’ eight points on Friday night came on just five attempts.

“It’s a hard balance for him because he would prefer to get assists, but he’s also a guy (who) can get the ball through the net, and we need him to do that more,” George said. And Hudgins brought it on Tuesday, recording a career-high 29 points in the Indians’ 78-72 win over Shawnee Heights.

George said his senior point guard isn’t very vocal, but it’s not because he’s shy. “I think he’s more humble than anything, and so he doesn’t necessarily want to be the star of the show, I guess you’d say, even though he is,” George said. George is happy to see Hudgins work with younger basketball players in the community.

“I think point guards make great coaches, and I can see him doing that someday,” George said. “He has been great with kids, and (Tuesday) is youth night, and we’ll bring all the kids into our locker room, and on some level, a lot of them will be there to see No. 12 play.”

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