Lester Hudson III (born August 7, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). In the 2007–08 season, Hudson recorded the only quadruple-double in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. At the conclusion of the season, he declared himself for the 2008 NBA draft, but later withdrew. Hudson was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 58th pick of the 2009 NBA draft, but was later waived. He was then signed by the Memphis Grizzlies. Hudson later played for the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers before returning to the Grizzlies in April 2012.
Hudson put together one of the best all-around seasons in Ohio Valley Conference history in 2007–08 and helped UT Martin make a six-game improvement in its league record from the previous year. The Skyhawks were picked last (11th) in a preseason poll but finished fourth and qualified for the OVC Tournament.
Hudson made school, conference and NCAA history during the season, including becoming the first Division I men's player to record a quadruple-double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals vs. Central Baptist College) in a college game on November 13, 2007. (Ann Meyers from UCLA recorded the first and only other in NCAA Division I basketball history on February 18, 1978.)
He also had a triple-double, eight additional double-doubles and cracked the 30-point plateau 11 times during his rookie season in the league. He finished the season ranked fifth nationally in points per game (25.7); fourth in steals (2.8) and tenth in 3-pointers made per game (3.8). He also ranked among the top 90 nationally in each rebounding (79th, 7.8/game), assists (88th, 4.5/game), 3-point percentage (72nd, 38.8%) and free throw percentage (67th, 83.4%).
A Memphis, Tennessee native who transferred from Southwest Tennessee Community College, Hudson is the first UT Martin player to receive the OVC Player of the Year award. He was again honored in the 2008–09 season, the first back to back win since Murray State University's Marcus Brown won in the 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 seasons. He was also named to the OVC All-Newcomer squad, became just the fourth Skyhawk ever named to the All-OVC first-team (2007–2008 and 2008–2009,) and was named UT Martin's Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year.
Over the first few months of the 2009–10 season, Hudson split time between the Celtics and their NBADL affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. On January 2, an injury ravaged Celtics team turned to Hudson during a game against the Toronto Raptors. On January 6, 2010, Hudson was waived by the Celtics, but he was claimed by the Memphis Grizzlies two days later. The Grizzlies assigned him to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League on February 28, 2010.
Hudson was waived on July 1, 2010 by the Grizzlies.
Hudson was invited to Wizards' training camp for the 2010–11 NBA season and made the team. After playing six games for them, he was waived on November 23, 2010. He was re-signed on December 20, 2010, but waived again on January 5, 2011.
On March 30, 2012, Hudson was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the first of two 10-day contracts. He quickly established himself, scoring at least 23 points in three consecutive games from April 6 to April 10. He also hit two last-second shots to force two games into overtime. On April 20, 2012, after his second 10-day contract expired, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.
On October 12, 2012, he signed with the Dongguan Leopards of China. On March 15, 2013, he was acquired by the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.
On September 13, 2015, Hudson returned to the Liaoning Flying Leopards, signing a new three-year deal with the club.
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