The 19th annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase took place this past weekend on the campus of AZ Compass Prep and was filled with many talented prospects for this year's event - of all ages (high school and middle school). The event was loaded with up-and-coming basketball talent for the state, and there were many top performers on the day.
At the conclusion of the day's event, it was determined by the scouts in attendance that the event's top overall performer on the day was Skyline Prep High School's 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior guard Amari Hudson. Hudson played at a high level in the event, on both ends of the floor, and was very consistent in his performance. Hudson's performance in the event suggests that he is set to have a big senior season for himself, and will look to lead Division-3 defending state champion Skyline Prep to another successful high school season.
Last season as a junior at Basha High School, Hudson would see limited playing time throughout the season, but would be a part of the state's top team in the 6A Division. Basha would win the 6A state title last season in fine fashion, while Hudson would primarily watch from the sidelines.
Hudson decided to finish his high school career at Skyline Prep, where he will look to now get back to form, and return to his high-scoring ways. Hudson does have some academic issues to overcome this academic year, which will determine the level of college he eventually lands at, but he is definitely on pace to have a big senior season on the basketball court.
Congratulations to Amari Hudson on his performance this weekend, and also being selected as the Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Hudson has excellent physical strength and a nice ability to get into the lane and finish strong at the rim. He also has a nice shooting stroke from mid-range and a strong ability to operate from mid-range around defenders - a lost art among guards today. Scoring the ball is the most impressive aspect of Hudson’s game right now, as he can do it with the best of them - pouring in 55 points in a home win as a sophomore. He can score from all three levels, but is really at his best from the mid-range, as he is most comfortable and efficient from 18 feet and in. He uses a great variety of step-backs and creates separation very well from defenders, in order for him to score so well. Hudson also can use his Marcus Smart-like frame to bully defenders while in the lane. He also uses a crafty, in-and-out handle to get by defenders with ease. While consistent 3-point shooting is currently a work in progress for him, he can still knock down the open 3-pointer, and also hit some off of the bounce at a decent clip. A native of Chicago, Hudson also brings fire and that wanted toughness on the defensive end. He is very active with his hands, which leads to multiple steals and creates fast breaks and points for himself and teammates. He is also laterally quick and is able to cut off players and defer them from where they want to go on the court. A solid all-around guard prospect that has matured nicely over the past two years.