No Alabama jersey has ever been retired. The rafters of Coleman Coliseum sit empty, but won’t be for long.
Alabama announced on Monday that it would be retiring Wendell Hudson’s uniform. Hudson was the first African American scholarship athlete at Alabama and will be honored at halftime against LSU on Feb. 15.
The No. 20 will not be taken out of the rotation, but it will hang in Coleman Coliseum as a reminder of Hudson’s contributions to Alabama basketball.
Hudson played from 1969-73, averaging 19.0 points and 12.9 rebounds in his Crimson Tide career. As a senior, he was named SEC player of the year averaging 20.7 points and grabbing 12.1 rebounds.
He went on to play for the Chicago Bulls and, after a short NBA career, returned to Alabama as an assistant coach. He coached at North Alabama, Rice, Ole Miss and Baylor.
Hudson was the Alabama women’s basketball head coach from 2008-13 with a 68-87 record.