Bulls Sign Arizona State Transfer Victor Rudd
"We're excited to add Victor to our program," said Heath. "He's a small forward with a good skill level and great athleticism. We feel he will really develop and get stronger with a year off and take his game to another level. To add a guy with his ability this late in the year is a nice addition to our program."
Expected to compete at small forward, the 19-year-old Rudd arrives at USF after seeing time in 15 games during his freshman campaign with the Sun Devils in 2009-10. He averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 6.2 minutes of action while adding three assists, three blocks and a pair of steals.
Rudd hit 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from the floor as a freshman, including 6-of-28 (21.4 percent) from beyond the arc for the Sun Devils, who went 22-11 and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament during Rudd's rookie year.
His best game came Dec. 12 against Delaware State, when Rudd shot 6-of-7 from the floor for 15 points along with four rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes.
A Los Angeles native, Rudd was a three-star prospect according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com coming out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nev.
Rudd chose USF over offers from Marquette, St. John's, Miami and San Diego State.
With his signing, Rudd becomes the fifth member of USF's 2010 class along with junior college transfers Jawanza Poland, Shedrick Haynes and Hugh Robertson and high school senior LaVonte Dority.
The Bulls lost four seniors from the 2009-10 squad in Chris Howard, Mike Mercer, Alex Rivas and Ryan Kardok, while junior Dominique Jones entered the NBA Draft and was selected with the 25th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies. Jones was subsequently traded to Dallas following his selection.
In addition, USF lost guards Justin Leemow and Jordan Dumars to mid-season transfers, opening up the roster spots for USF's 2010 class.
Dority signed a National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November, while Haynes and Robertson inked with the Bulls on the opening day of the signing period in April. Poland became USF's fourth signee at the end of April.
With just one senior on the 2010-11 roster in junior college transfer Jarrid Famous, Rudd will join a solid nucleus of players which includes rising juniors Anthony Crater, Ron Anderson and Augustus Gilchrist along with soon-to-be sophomores Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, Shaun Noriega and Mike Burwell.
The Bulls finished 20-13 last season, the team's third-ever 20-win season, highlighted by a 9-9 BIG EAST record and a pair of wins over ranked opponents in No. 17 Pittsburgh Jan. 31 and No. 7 Georgetown Feb. 3. The victory over Georgetown marked USF's second-ever win against a top-10 opponent and just the third win ever against a ranked opponent on the road.
USF also advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2002 when the team hosted N.C. State in the first round of the NIT. The Bulls finished with one of the nation's best turnarounds after posting a 9-22 slate the year before.