Leeder Adds Third D-I Transfer; Rudolph Joins Hurricanes
AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern State University head men's basketball coach Mike Leeder announced the addition of former Savannah State University guard Deric Rudolph to the roster for the 2014-15 season.
"We are very excited to add another proven producer from the NCAA Division I level in Deric," said Leeder. "His experience at that level will help us offset the loss of our five seniors from last year's team."
Rudolph, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound guard last played at the collegiate level during the 2011-12 season when he averaged 10.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for SSU. Rudolph helped Savannah State win the regular season Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title that year and advance to the NIT national tournament where they lost to the University of Tennessee in the first round.
"Deric is another guard that is very versatile and can play off the ball or with the ball in his hands," said Leeder.
In his one season at SSU, Rudolph started 28 of 33 games played and averaged 28.8 minutes per contest. He reached double figures in scoring 18 times, including a career-high 24 points on a career-high eight 3-point shots made against South Carolina State University on Jan. 21, 2012. Rudolph connected on a total of 99 3-pointers, which was the highest total for an individual player in the MEAC that year.
"I know Deric is excited about getting back on the court after a two-year absence, and we are looking forward to blending his ability with our returning players as well as the rest of our incoming recruits," commented Leeder.
Rudolph is originally from Gadsden, Ala., and prior to Savannah State he was a graduate and two-year member of the basketball team at Gadsden State Junior College. At Gadsden, Rudolph averaged better than 19 points per game and was named a NJCAA All-American at the conclusion of his sophomore season.
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