Jacksonville State adds former ACC guard for 2018-19 season

Jacksonville State head coach Ray Harper and the rest of the Gamecocks picked up a commitment from Ty Hudson on Friday, who was once a highly-touted recruit who struggled to find his groove in his first two years at Clemson. (Source: AL.com)

JACKSONVILLE, Al. — The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are coming off a banner year for the program, and folks around the country are taking notice of the program.

Fresh off their Ohio Valley Conference tournament title and berth to the NCAA Tournament, the Gamecocks aren’t sneaking up on people this season. Many expect Jacksonville State to contend for the regular season crown in the OVC, and they’ll be looking to make back-to-back appearances in the Big Dance.

Their success on the hardwood has translated to some success on the transfer market this off-season. The Gamecocks have already added senior guard Detrick Mostella to the mix, as he transferred from the Tennessee Volunteers.

Late Thursday night, it was announced via Twitter that the Gamecocks added another player with power conference experience to the mix for the 2018-19 campaign.

According to Tai Young of Verbal Commits, guard Ty Hudson has committed to join the Gamecocks.

The former guard for the Clemson Tigers struggled to find his groove over his first two seasons in the NCAA. Hudson, a native of Mableton, Georgia, played a combined 267 minutes over his two seasons as a Tiger.

Last season, Hudson appeared in 18 games for coach Brad Brownell, averaging just 5.2 minutes of floor time per night. He averaged 0.6 points and 0.2 rebounds per contest. Hudson was a combined 4-of-21 (19.0%) from the field over his 18 appearances.

Out of high school, Hudson was ranked as a four-star recruit by both ESPN and Scout.com. He was ranked as the 25th-best point guard in the Class of 2015 by ESPN. Over his two seasons in the NCAA, Hudson hasn’t been able to find his groove.

After sitting out the 2017-18 season, Hudson will have two years of eligibility left with the Gamecocks.

The addition of Hudson could bode well for both parties. For Hudson, a fresh start could be what he needs to regain the form that made him a four-star recruit out of high school.

On the flip side, the Gamecocks will lose guards Des Curry and Malcolm Drumwright following the 2017-18 season. The addition of Hudson will add some extra depth as the Gamecocks move on after the departure of their senior guards.

– T. Bennett