Rudd signs with South Florida

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University of South Florida head coach Stan Heath announced the signing of Arizona State transfer Victor Rudd, a 6-foot-7 small forward who will have three years of eligibility remaining when he becomes eligible in November 2011.

Rudd played in 15 games during his freshman campaign with the Sun Devils in 2009-10, averaging 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 6.2 minutes of action.

“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.”

Rudd was a three-star prospect according to Scout.com coming out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nev, and chose USF over offers from Marquette, St. John’s, Miami and San Diego State.

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  wins over No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 7 Georgetown.

USF advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2002 and finished with one of the nation’s best turnarounds after posting a 9-22 slate the year before.