Bulls Victor Rudd entering name for NBA Draft

A day after the Bulls lost a heartbreaker in the NCAA Tourney, USF guard Victor Rudd Jr. has announced that he will submit his name for the 2012 NBA draft. Rudd has the option of returning to the Bulls in 2012-13 by not hiring an agent.

Fresh off the Bulls remarkable season and run in the NCAA tournament, Bulls sophomore guard Victor Rudd Jr, who finished the season second on the team in scoring averaging 9.3 ppg, will enter his name for the 2012 NBA draft, school officials announced this evening.

"I want to test the waters and see how I might do in the draft, without hiring an agent," said Victor Rudd Jr. "The USF staff has been very supportive in this process."

"Victor Rudd spoke with me and let me know that he wanted to test the waters of the NBA draft," said USF head coach Stan Heath.  "We will do everything we can to help get accurate info for him so he can make a wise decision."

Rudd, who just finished playing his first season with "USF after transferring from Arizona State finished the 2011-12 season second on the team in scoring averaging 9.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Rudd led the Bulls in scoring eight times on the year including a season-high 30 points against Marist.

Rudd came on strong towards the end of the season and in the playoffs, reaching double figures in the last five games for the Bulls – all of which came during postseason play.

By not hiring an agent, Rudd has kept the option open to South Florida in 2012-13. Early entrant candidates have until April 10 to remove their names from draft consideration.

"We are supportive of him and he will not hire an agent," said Heath "He is definitely keeping his options open in regards to returning to USF after seeing what his options are with the NBA."

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