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Pitino: With work, Rudd has an NBA shot



In the wake of Louisville's 80-54 victory Tuesday against USF, Times correspondent Steve Bittenbender had a chance to ask Cardinals (and former Knicks/Celtics) coach Rick Pitino about Bulls senior Victor Rudd's NBA chances.

Rudd scored a season-high 27 points and notched his sixth double-double of the year (10 rebounds) in the loss.

“Victor Rudd is the type of basketball player that the pros like,” Pitino said. “He is long, athletic and only going to get better. Guys like that, love that type of athleticism. He needs to go left better, he need to offensive rebound more. He needs to get inside more.”

Pitino said many prospects too often try to impress scouts and coaches with their outside play. As an example, he cited Rodrick Rhodes, who scored 1,559 points as a collegian, which included three seasons under Pitino at Kentucky.

Pitino said Rhodes could defend, penetrate, pass and play in the low post.

"But he would get in the game, and want to shoot (3-pointers),” Pitino said.

“This is what Rudd (1-for-4 from 3-point range) has got to learn to do. He has just got to dominate the paint more, and then everyone is going to say, ‘Wow, he can do it all.’ I hope he makes it because he is quite an athlete.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:49pm]


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