7-1 center Jason Cudd of Socastee made his official visit to USC over the weekend and Monday made his official decision with a commitment to Frank Martin’s Gamecocks. Cudd also considered offers from East Carolina and Tulane.
Cudd said after his visit that he liked everything he saw around the school and the program and felt he would be an excellent fit in Martin’s scheme.
“They showed me how they use their big men and the style of play that they play,” Cudd said. “I think it would be a great fit. They throw the ball inside a lot. They run the offense thru the big man.”
Cudd is a developing big man who averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game last season. He’s working on his game around the rim and in developing big man moves. But he really likes to play like a small forward.
“He’s a really good outside shooter,” said Socastee coach Derrick Hilton. “He’s active and runs the floor. He’s a kid who wants to get better and we’re trying to get him stronger. He’s not bad close to the rim but he’s not overly athletic. We’ve got to get him more active but he has a presence.”
Cudd becomes the first Gamecock commitment for the 2017 class.