The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on March 15, 1982 · 43
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 43

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Monday, March 15, 1982
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EosAngelea SIhnea R Monday, March 15, 1982 Fart III 11 Hudson Has the Talent, But Does He Have the Discipline? By TOM HAMILTON. Times Staff Writer Eldridge Hudson. Remember the name. He'll be making headlines the next few years just as he did last week at the Lng Beach Arena in the Southern California state Division I basketball championships. Hudson, a 6-6 forward at Carson High School, is a superstar. At 220 pounds, he's built like former Long Beach Jordan star James Hardy, who now plays for the Utah Jazz. But Hudson has the added dimension of being a gifted passer with very quick reflexes. The senior has the ability to drive the lane, attract two or three defenders and, at the last possible moment, dish the ball off to a teammate in the wing for an open shot. He's also an excellent rebounder. "When the Lord handed out talent, Eldridge cheated to the front of the line," Carson Coach Dick Acres said. "My two sons started as freshmen at Division 1 colleges. I've had eight players start as freshmen at Division I colleges. But none of them can compare to Eldridge when it comes to talent." Sound too good to be true? Every college in the nation must be after Hudson? Not quite. Hudson is an anomaly. He comes across as Magic Johnson on the court and Marvin Barnes off. He can be as disruptive to his team as he is to the opposition. Hudson's defiant attitude and poor grades have turned off more than one college. DePaul quit recruiting him because of his attitude. He has committed to Nevada-Las Vegas, but must earn all Bs this semester to qualify. Still, he's something to see on the basketball court. He'll be in action on Friday night in the state title game from Oakland Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on KTTV ( Channel 1 1 ) at 9:30 p.m. Hudson is considered the top player in the state. But he wasn't even voted the best player in his league the Marine League. That honor went to Banning's Gilbert Wilburn who led the Pilots to two wins over Carson in league play. Speaking of league MVPs, there were three of them in the Mission League this season. Ronnie Grandison and Kevin Vidato (St. Bernard) and Gilbert Barela (Bosco Tech) were awarded the honors. St. Bernard, ranked No. 1 in the state by Cal High Newsletter, had all five starters earn first-team all-league berths. After the last net was cut down at the Long Beach Arena and the final chant of "We're No. 1" had ended, CIF state officials began preparations for next year's tournament. The CIF Southern Section has a five-year commitment to the state tournament. Next year, the section will host both the regional and the state championship game. But it's obvious some changes need to be made. Consider: 1) Students were forced to sit in the loge section and generally weren't a factor in many of the games. The students are the backbone of many basketball programs and are a vital part of the atmosphere. They deserve better. The prime floor seats were sold at $6 apiece which is a little stiff for a 17-year-old. 2) Central Section teams were over their heads. Schools from Fresno and Bakersfield couldn't compete with Southern California high schools. Only San Joaquin Memorial's girls' Division II club managed to win a first-round game out of all the Central Section entries. How about making all the Central Section teams Division II? 3) The excitement of the championship games on Saturday night was lost by sandwiching a girls' game (Riverside Poly-Gahr) between the Division II and Division I boys' games. The Banning-Burroughs (Division II) boys' game was very exciting. That excitement should have flowed into the Carson -Banning (Wilmington) game. But a dull girls' game was on tap next. Even Cheryl Miller couldn't bring the crowd to life. 4) Finally, a better effort has to be made to start the games on time. With four games each day, the final game generally didn't end until 11 p.m. No wonder few students attended the tournament. Start the first game earlier in the day and allow two hours for each game instead of an hour and a half. The influence of Fresno State Bulldog Coach Boyd Grant is certainly evident throughout the San Joaquin Valley on all levels of competition. Witness Hanford High, a participant in the boys Division I bracket. The Bullpups (I swear) were the most disciplined team from the Central Section. Hanford Coach Butch Cardoza is a Fresno State graduate and the school colors are, naturally, red. The school of 1,500 is located 35 miles south of Fresno and its fans enjoy the delay game. Half way through the first quarter of Hanford's game with St. Bernard, one fan repeatedly shouted, "Slow it down." Boyd would have loved it. Cal State Long Beach's newest assistant coach, Ed Ratleff, was in attendance at the arena and busy recruiting. The two-time Ail-American is probably the most famous player to ever participate at the Long Beach facility while competing for the 49ers. But somebody forgot to tell security that at the arena. Ratleff wandered over to the Lakewood locker room after the Lancers' second-round game, but was told he'd have to leave because he didn't have the proper credentials. Says something about the Long Beach program the past couple of years. For what it's worth, here's one reporter's all-tournament team by position selected from the fine crop of talent on display at Long Beach: Flrit Teem F Tod Murphy (Lakewood), 6-9, Sr.; Eldridge Hudson (Carson), 6-6. Sr.: C-Ou Jennings (Bakersfield). 6-9. Sr.; G-Hoberl Howling (St. Bernard), 6-5, Sr.; Mission Labasan (Carson), 5-9, Sr. Second Teem F Ronnie Grandison (St. Bernard), 6-7, Sr.; Dalton Heyward (Burroughs), 6-5, Sr.; C-Kevm Holmes (Cleveland), 6-8. Sr.; G-Daniel Means (Burroughs), 6-0, Soph.; Mark Wade (Banning), 5-10. Jr. Teurnejr Notts: Jeckle Moor, a 5-9 guard from liny Riverdale High (enrollment 380) was one of the most physically talented players at the tournu menl. He can do it all . . . Valley Christian (enrollment: VM) sold more presale tickets than any other school for Us girls' game with Mission Viejo . . . Banning, CIF 1-A champion, had more depth and quickness than any school in the tournament . . . Central Section schools were very ordinary or "plain wrap Hems" . . . Both Hivcr side Poly and Sir Francis Drake will enter Friday night's Division I girls championship with 33-0 records . . . Lakewood forward Dweyne Corbltt was the most overrated player in the tournament St. Mary's forward Billy Knox was at every St. Bernard game Docs he go to class? . . . Mark Guitln, 6-9 center from Madera High, has committed to Fresno State. He's one of the best in the slate I DO YOU MHHdH j SUCCESS TO START A FORECLOSURE r-1 - , IF SO, CALL Exchange Tilleholders, Inc. Mission yiejo imports (lA (7141 839-0927 (714)8.M-I740 (7I4)4.7()0 V i - X J Marguerite I'uiUas ll-S uw I Missinn ii-ii UCI: Meets Oklahoma in NIT Continued from First Page Ironically, Irvine has drawn another opponent that is bucking the current slowdown trend in college basketball. Like San Diego State, Oklahoma likes to run and relies a lot on outside shooting. The Sooners are led by 6-7 forward David Little, who's averaging 18.5 points a game, and 6-4 guard Chucky Barnett (18.3 p.p.g.). Little had 30 points in Oklahoma's 68-63 loss to Missouri in the Big Eight tournament championship game. "We feel we're at our best in the transition game," Tubbs said. "We want to try and take away their fastbreak rebound well and keep them from getting easy shots. "Basketball is basically a pretty simple game. If you shoot well, re bound well and don't turn it over too much, then you'll be in the game with anybody." Tubbs, in his second year at Oklahoma, says he is most impressed with Irvine's 6.8 rebounding margin. "If you outrebound the other guys by three, then you're doing good," he said, "Seven is great." But without Magee, the Anteat-ers lose a lot of strength on the boards. They also lose the main thrust of their offense as Tubbs so perceptively points out. "A guy like Magee makes a lot of good things happen for all the other players, too." Tubbs, however, is not planning any special defenses for Magee if the 6-8 center does see action. 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