South Carolina center Jason Cudd is hearing from Clemson, Georgia and others

One of basketball scouting’s mantras reads like this: You have to be patient with young players, and you especially must be patient with young big men.

Jason Cudd embodies the point. The junior big man was a timid, overwhelmed victim of 2015 stars Stephen Zimmerman, Chase Jeter and company at last winter’s Beach Ball Classic, where his Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Socastee suffered a blowout loss in a horrific mismatch against Bishop Gorman (Nev.).

But here we are, nine months later, and Cudd is beginning to blossom. He has grown a couple inches since last season and now stands a monstrous 7-0, 250 pounds, sufficient height and weight to play college basketball and beyond. He’ll always be tall for the center position, and additionally he carries reasonably long arms.

Cudd’s hands also appear to be pretty good and he has worked hard to develop a jump hook and consistently deep post position. He’s unlikely to ever be considered explosive, but he has gained mobility changing ends of the court.

”I’ve been working with trainers, trying to improve my rebounding, playing stronger with the ball and just getting stronger in general,” Cudd said. “I’m just trying to get better and improve my game to make it to the next level.”

He doesn’t yet hold many offers but is gaining steam with college coaches.

”I’ve heard from Clemson, Georgia, Coastal (Carolina), Loyola (Maryland), South Carolina, Francis Marion and Furman,” Cudd said. “Loyola has offered.”

We’ll see Cudd this season and, chances are, he’ll have made even more strides in his development.


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