As many around the Wake-o-sphere already know, Cornelius Hudson is the brother of 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The 6-6 freshman speaks to the two-time All-American at Texas Tech every day, "He tells me 'Work harder and be better than the next man. Be you and don't give up.'"
But "Young Crab" is ready to make a name for himself.
The Dallas, Texas native was not highly-touted on the recruiting trail. From all reports, this is due to NCAA eligibility concerns. Unlike freshmen Mitchell Wilbekin and Rondale Watson, who practiced with the team over the summer, Hudson was not cleared to play for the Demon Deacons until September. Even with less reps, Wake has high expectations for "Young Crab" this season.
Assistant coach Randolph Childress said," Dinos [Mitoglou] and Cornelius are as gifted offensively as any freshman that we've seen in some time here."
Meanwhile, Codi Miller-McIntyre called him "a scorer."
Hudson's trademark is his shooting ability. Local basketball coach Jason Porter said that he can stroke it as good as anyone in his class. Considering that Wake struggled stretching the floor last year and lost their best three-point shooter in Coron Williams, Young Crab figures to be an immediate contributor.
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It is clear from his recruiting video above that he has a high-leaping, pure shooting stroke. He will be an effective catch-and-shoot guy, especially coming off screens, in Game One. Hudson also showed decent handles and can develop into a slasher due to his ability to finish at the rim.
While thin at 180 lbs, Coach Manning will give him a look at both wing positions due to his exceptional athleticism. With both shooting guard and small forward up in the air, Hudson is a dark horse candidate to start from Day One.
Still anonymous to many Wake fans, when asked what he wanted Tie-Dye Nation to know about him, he said, "I'm a hard worker. I am here to win games and have fun with my teammates. We are here to make some noise this year."
And he's ready to drop Young Crab and become Mr. Hudson.