When Brookstone’s Hudson Terrell failed to make both his seventh- and eight-grade basketball teams in middle school, the thought of just playing competitive scholastic ball seemed like a long way off.
And playing Division-I basketball four years down the line? Forget it.
But then, something changed. His shot came around, and suddenly his reputation as a dead-eyed marksman from long range began to take shape.
As a senior, Terrell knocked down a school-record 89 three-pointers for the Cougars, and on Wednesday at a ceremony at the school, he signed a scholarship to play with Appalachian State. Appalachian State is a Division-I school in the Sun Belt Conference and made the NCAA tournament in 2000 and the NIT tournament in 2007.
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“It’s exciting because the (conference) champion automatically goes into the tournament,” Terrell said. “Who knows? I could be in the bracket.”
Terrell said that he’s not overly concerned with his role when he joins the team yet. From what he’s been told, it’s pretty simple anyway.
“I think my role is to go in and try to hit some threes,” he said with a laugh. “If I miss them, I come out. If I make them, I stay in.”
More than anything, he’s just thrilled to have an opportunity to continue playing a game he loves and is passionate about.
Terrell showed his passion during the ceremony, being brought to tears while discussing the influence of his parents and the appreciation he had for his coaches and teammates.
“I love to play basketball,” he had said prior to the ceremony. “It would have been sad to me for high school to be my last time officially playing.”
But now, there’s plenty of hoops left to be played. Asked if he had ever considered the possibility of being featured on a “One Shining Moment” highlight real after the NCAA tournament, he laughed and considered it for a second.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Hopefully.”
Terrell finished his senior season averaging 14 points and six rebounds per game for the Cougars.