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Rudd’s return great for Bulls
Posted Apr 9, 2012 by Joey Johnston
Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Victor Rudd Jr., who became the University of South Florida’s most compelling offensive force during its NCAA tournament run, will return to the Bulls next season after exploring his options for the NBA draft.
Rudd, a 6-foot-8 swingman, averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last season for the Bulls (22-14), who finished one victory away from the Sweet 16. He will have two more seasons of eligibility.
“Based on this process and the feedback that I received after putting my name in the NBA draft pool, I’ve decided that it’s in my best interests to return to USF,’’ Rudd said in a statement released by USF on Monday night. “Being evaluated by some of the NBA teams was a great opportunity for me to receive advice on areas of my game that I need to improve on. I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates for being supportive throughout the whole process and I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow as a player and person, while helping this team build on the success we had last year.’‘
During the Big East and NCAA tournaments, Rudd averaged 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. Rudd’s return means the Bulls will have four of their five top scorers back for the 2012-13 season, when USF will play its home games at a renovated Sun Dome.
Rudd, a transfer from Arizona State, had a 30-point game against Marist and also registered 24 points in one half against St. John’s.
“He received good feedback, however, the NBA feels he can improve his status by returning to school,’’ USF coach Stan Heath said. “Victor has made a good decision to improve himself as a player and graduate from school. We’re excited to have him back and it will certainly be a tremendous boost to our basketball team next season.’‘