Jason Cudd blocks a shot by Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Former USC center 7-1 Jason Cudd said Monday he has signed a letter of intent to play this season at Olney Central JC in Illinois. Cudd said his plan is to play this one season with the Blue Knights and go thru the recruiting process again. And that would include being open to a return to USC if Frank Martin decides to recruit him again.

Cudd, who is from Socastee, said he is spending this summer working out with friends and trainers in his hometown with a focus on his foot-work and improving his three-point shooting.

A knee injury limited Cudd to just five games last season. He did not score any points and he had 3 rebounds for the season. As a freshman in 2018, Cudd played in 23 games and scored 30 points while grabbing 22 rebounds.

Olney Central reached the national quarterfinals last season and finished with a 25-6 record. The Blue Knights averaged 98 points per game.