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Ex-Gophers basketball player Hudson dies at 69

ST. PAUL - Former University of Minnesota men's basketball player Lou Hudson died Friday in Atlanta after complications from a stroke suffered March 24. He was 69.

Hudson, an All-America selection who also played in the NBA, was one of the first three African-Americans to play for the Gophers, along with former teammates Don Yates and Archie Clark.

"He was a special, special person on and off the court," said Paul Presthus, a former Gophers teammate and current booster. "In my estimation, he was the finest basketball player ever to play at the University of Minnesota."

After being selected fourth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1966 NBA Draft, Hudson averaged 20.2 points and was a six-time all-star during his 13 NBA seasons.

His No. 14 jersey was retired by the Gophers in 1994 and his No. 23 joins Bob Petit and Dominique Wilkins as the only jerseys to be retired by the Atlanta Hawks.