Hudson point guard Jamal Branco has verbally committed to Lander University, Cobras coach Jason Vetter said in an email Friday evening.
Branco was one of the North Suncoast’s top performers last season. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard led his team with 16.2 points, 5.7 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as a senior.
Hudson struggled to an 0-6 start when Branco was out with a foot injury. When he returned, he took the Cobras to their fourth trip to regionals in five seasons before falling to Nature Coast in the region semifinals.
He earned first-team all-Sunshine Athletic Conference honors and was a first-team pick to the Times' all-North Suncoast team.
Lander is an NCAA Division II program in Greenwood, S.C. The Bearcats finished 18-9 overall last season.