Gopher Great Lou Hudson Passes Away

Go Gophers! Lou Hudson's jersey was retired by both the Gophers and the Atlanta Hawks.
Go Gophers!
Lou Hudson's jersey was retired by both the Gophers and the Atlanta Hawks.
Go Gophers!

April 11, 2014

The University of Minnesota is saddened to learn of the loss of men's basketball great Lou Hudson, who passed away Friday. Hudson, a 1991 inductee into the Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame, was 69.

An All-America selection and All-Big Ten first-team selection in 1965, "Sweet Lou" Hudson finished his career with 1,329 points, which ranks 14th on the Gophers' all-time list. The Greensboro, N.C., native and four-sport star at Dudley High School averaged 20.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game at the U, where he competed from 1964-66. His No. 14 jersey was retired in 1994.

Hudson was the fourth-overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks, eventually compiling a 13-year career in the NBA. A six-time All-Star, he amassed nearly 18,000 career points and finished 12th in the league's all-time scoring list upon his retirement. After playing 11 seasons with the Hawks, Hudson's number 23 is one of just three retired Hawks jerseys.

He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.