|Victor Rudd declared for the draft, but the South Florida forward is not receiving much NBA hype.(US Presswire)|
South Florida's run late in the season that resulted in two NCAA tournament wins was sure to boost the stock of the Bulls – and Victor Rudd is hoping NBA scouts noticed too.
On Monday night, Rudd announced he would be leaving South Florida to enter the NBA draft.
“After meeting with my family, I have decided to forgo what would be my junior year at South Florida,” Rudd said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. “I had a blast and I am sorry we came up short. I . . . will begin training immediately in preparation for NBA workouts.”
Rudd, a 6-foot-7 small forward, came on strong down the stretch of the season. Over the last five games, he averaged 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, emerging as a consistent 3-point shooter who could also attack the glass and finish at the rim. The sophomore from California only played one season with the Bulls after transferring from Arizona State.
He said he would not hire an agent yet, leaving open the option of returning to South Florida for his junior season.
If Rudd doesn't return, South Florida could have trouble scoring again next season. Rudd was the team's second-leading scorer, and leading scorer Augustus Gilchrist has used up his eligibility. Anthony Collins became one of the most improved point guards in the country, and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick and Jawanza Poland had their moments. Waverly Austin is an impact junior college transfer up front.
Rudd, however, gives South Florida a matchup problem on the wing. The Bulls could really use him back next season – and Rudd needs to return. He's not projected to be drafted by any services.