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Nebraska was the last visit for Kristian Hudson, who was looking for a new school to finish her college basketball career.

The final impression appeared to be the best impression.

Hudson, a 5-foot-5 point guard, will play her final season for Amy Williams as a graduate transfer after starting the past three seasons at Florida International.

"She made me sweat it out for a little while," the Nebraska coach said. "(Hudson said) 'I'm so excited to be able to finish my career as a Husker. That's good news for everybody."

The Huskers get an explosive point guard who can go right and go left, Williams said. She can also do "a lot of different things."

Hudson averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists last season. She was at her best the final seven games of the season, averaging 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 37 minutes.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native also gives a young Husker team another veteran. Lincoln Pius X graduate Maddie Simon is the only returning senior for the Huskers, who have four freshmen entering the picture.

"We're really hopeful that she'll be able to help us in that area," Williams said of Hudson. "With currently Maddie Simon being the only senior that we've been counting on and relying on for offseason leadership, having another player in that class and somebody with her experience is something that we're going to definitely depend on."

Hudson came off the bench the first two games of her career at FIU before taking over as the Panthers' starting point guard. She averaged 9.9 points as a freshman and 12.1 as a sophomore.

Hudson, who has 1,076 career points, joins a Husker team set to add a top-20 recruiting class, according to ESPN. Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon and Ashtyn Veerbeek will join the program as true freshmen.

Nebraska returns its top five scorers — Simon, Hannah Whitish, Nicea Eliely, Kate Cain and Taylor Kissinger — from a team that won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament.

"Obviously, recruiting is something that we're always looking to find the right fit and the people that can fit our culture and our system," Williams said. "People will ask all the time, 'Is recruiting over?' and it's just never really over.

"We had an opportunity to have some conversations once (Hudson) had decided that she was going to be leaving FIU and the more we got to know her, the more we felt like she could be the perfect for us."


Williams announced that senior Darrien Washington and juniors Rachel Blackburn and Bria Stallworth will not be on the Huskers' active roster for next season, although they will be enrolled and on scholarship while they complete their undergraduate degrees.

Stallworth, a transfer from UMass, appeared in 29 games off the bench last season, averaging 3.4 points.

Washington appeared in 30 games last season, starting one. She averaged 1.3 points and 8.0 minutes.

Blackburn, who missed the 2016-17 season after undergoing multiple knee surgeries, played in 29 games off the bench, averaging 1.5 points.

The Huskers currently have 11 players on their roster.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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