"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. "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."
Rudd, a 6-8 transfer from Arizona State, finished the 2011-12 season second on the team in scoring after putting up 9.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. He played a key role during USF's postseason run through the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament and the Big East Championship Quarterfinals as he reached double figures in all five games, averaging 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds during that span. Rudd led the Bulls in scoring eight times on the year including a season-high 30 points against Marist.
"After getting feedback from multiple NBA teams, Victor Rudd has decided to return for his junior season at USF," USF head coach Stan Heath said. "He received good feedback, however the NBA feels he can improve his status by returning to school. 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. "
Including Rudd, the Bulls - who are coming off of their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years - will now have four of their top five leading scorers and three of their top six rebounders back for the 2012-13 season.