Brian Rudolph in Limbo

If everything had gone according to plan, Brian Rudolph would be a freshman at Providence College right now. Instead, with a court date hanging over his head in about a month, the former New Bedford (Mass.) standout point guard is set to play in the prep school ranks this year.

BRIDGTON, Maine - Brian Rudolph was supposed to be a freshman at Providence right now, but that doesn't mean he's upset his place of residence is Bridgton Academy (Maine.).

The 5-foot-10 former New Bedford High (Mass.) star point guard was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after allegedly stabbing an 18-year-old at a party on April. 17.

Shortly thereafter the incident, the Friars opted to withdraw his scholarship offer – so Rudolph was left in limbo.

Rudolph maintains his innocence as he plays in daily pickup games with his Bridgton Academy teammates. He also awaits a Nov. 1 trial date in which he is hoping to clear his name and move on with his life.

``It's been tough," Rudolph said. "I didn't even know I was coming here until a week before school started."

Rudolph's summer months were spent not knowing what the future held. He played in local summer league games – unless they ended after 7 p.m.

``That was my curfew," Rudolph said. "Seven o'clock at night."

Rudolph is a pass-first point guard who was being recruited by the likes of George Washington, George Mason and Rhode Island in addition to Providence. He averaged 23.9 points and 10.1 assists per game last season and become a hot commodity as the spring signing period approached.

``I'm just trying to make the best out of all of this as I can," Rudolph said. "I'm grateful that Bridgton gave me an opportunity."

``I'm just trying to start over," he added.

Bridgton coach Whit Lesure said that Rudolph has been a model citizen since arriving earlier this month.

``He's been a terrific kid whose done everything we asked and more," Lesure said. "He knew he had to come here and go above and beyond – and that's exactly what he's done."

Now the only thing Rudolph can do is play the waiting game. While college coaches come in and inquire about him, he realizes that until Nov. 1 no one will really pursue.

``It's been since May that it's been on my mind," Rudolph said. "When this is all over, I'll feel so free."

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