posted 8 years ago
NASHVILLE — Reigning OVC Player of the Year Lester Hudson and reigning OVC Freshman of the Year Marquis Weddle were both named to the 10-member Preseason All-OVC team.
Only UT Martin, Morehead State and Tennessee State placed two members on the team, and Hudson and Weddle were two of the three total guards on the team.
Hudson, who was also named 2008-09 Preseason Player of the Year, arguably had the greatest single season in the history of the Skyhawk basketball program in 2007-08.
The 6-2 190-pound Memphis native finished his first NCAA season ranked in the Top 10 nationally in points per game (25.7), steals (2.8) and 3-pointers made per game (3.8). He declared for the NBA draft, but chose to come back to school in the spring.
While Hudson was deservedly stealing all of the national attention, Weddle made his own noise by producing some of the best numbers of any NCAA freshman.
For the season, Weddle averaged 17.1 points per contest, good enough for 7th best out of all freshmen in NCAA Division I.
Overall, Weddle scored in double figures in 24 of 33 games, hit the 30-point plateau on three occasions and ranked third in the OVC in scoring (17.1 points per game).
Weddle’s season was recognized by the rest of the teams in the conference when he was named OVC Freshman of the Year.