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Kristian Hudson put in the work to graduate from college in three years and earned the right to be a graduate transfer in women’s basketball, meaning she won’t have to sit out one season as is usually required for other basketball players who transfer.

Hudson decided to take that opportunity, and will leave Florida International University in Miami and join Nebraska for her senior season in 2018-19 season. Nebraska announced her addition to the team last month.

Last season Hudson led FIU in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game. In the final seven games of her junior season she averaged 18.3 points and 6.0 assists per game.

But Florida International never won more than eight games in any of her three seasons. After last season Hudson began to think about playing elsewhere for her final season, intrigued by the opportunity to go somewhere new.

“Why not?” Hudson said. “I think if anyone graduates early they should venture out and learn new things.”

What Hudson has done in graduating in about three years with a degree in psychology is impressive, considering she did not redshirt her first season. She did take classes during the summer.

“I didn’t go in planning to graduate early,” Hudson said. “My academic adviser at one point just mentioned if I took a couple classes I would be able to graduate.”

Hudson has finished her classes, and will have the graduation ceremony later this month.

After making the decision to transfer Hudson made visits to Seton Hall and Nebraska. She enjoyed her visit to Lincoln and her conversations with the Nebraska coaches.

“I just thought I found something that I had been praying for,” Hudson said.

Hudson, a 5-foot-5 point guard, adds some needed depth to match coach Amy Williams’ preferred style of playing a lot of players double-digit minutes per game.

Hudson will also try to provide some leadership to a young team. Maddie Simon and Hudson are the only seniors on the roster.

“I’m coming there with an open mind and a grateful attitude just to be a part of something else,” Hudson said.

At UNL Hudson will work toward earning her masters degree with an emphasis in communications. She’s considering becoming a coach, and hopes she’ll learn a lot of new things during her year at Nebraska.

Hudson played in high school in Birmingham, Alabama. She said the second time you go through the recruiting process you know a few more “tricks of the trade.”

“You kind of know how college is, so you’re able to not feel the pressure,” she said.

This summer Hudson worked at point guard college basketball camps in North Carolina, Florida and Alabama. Now she’s beginning training with the Huskers in Lincoln.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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