With Egor Koulechov and Chris Chiozza both out of eligibility, Florida will have to account for the loss of at least two of its top four scorers going into the 2018-19 season. Tuesday evening it was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that redshirt junior shooting guard Jalen Hudson, who led the Gators in scoring this season, will enter the 2018 NBA Draft but not hire an agent.
Hudson, who would have the ability to return to school if he didn’t like his draft prospects, averaged 15.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game this season. The 6-foot-6 wing began his collegiate career at Virginia Tech, where he played two seasons before transferring to Florida.
Hudson shot 45.4 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from three, as he led the Gators in both three-point makes (78) and attempts (194). Hudson made 19 starts for Florida, including the Gators’ final six games of the season. In those six games Hudson played 30.5 minutes per game, averaging 18.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from beyond the arc.
With Hudson reportedly going through the NBA Draft process, the question now is whether or not fellow junior guard KeVaughn Allen will do the same. Center John Egbunu, who missed the entire 2017-18 season due to a knee injury, has decided to not apply for a sixth season of eligibility and will instead turn pro.