Transfer forward Rudd to sign with USF today
"I felt like it was the best fit for me," said Rudd, who visited USF's campus last week. "They play up-and-down basketball, which I love, and they'll let me play the 3 (small forward). I like that I'll be playing in the best conference in college basketball."
Rudd said he chose the Bulls over Marquette, St. John's, Miami and San Diego State, and he will sit out the 2010-11 season and will then have three years of eligibility. The 19-year-old played sparingly at Arizona State as a freshman, averaging 2.5 points while playing just 5.2 minutes per game. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com rated him a three-star recruit a year ago coming out of highly touted Findlay Prep in Nevada.
USF has had good success in recent years with Division I transfers in basketball -- Kentrell Gransberry (LSU) and Jesus Verdejo (Arizona) were multi-year starters, and Rudd will be the fourth transfer on USF's roster, joining Gus Gilchrist (Maryland), Anthony Crater (Ohio State) and Ron Anderson (Kansas State).
"I talked to some of the guys who had transferred there, and they said the year off was good for them," said Rudd, who weighs 205 pounds but would like to be at 225 by the time he starts playing in November 2011. "Hopefully that year off can do the same things for me."