Aug 2, 2014(ISN) – “Matt is a tough player that really wants to get better ever time he steps on the court,” said Head Coach James Blake. “I am really impressed with his skill development on the wing this year. Matt has improved his outside shot and passing skill set over his senior year. He knows that the hours he puts into the gym will make him a university player. Matt’s high character and work ethic impressed me the most in his recruitment.”
Rud was the co-captain of the St. Michael’s Univeristy School Blue Jags, a team that won four tournaments including the Vancouver Island AA High School Championship and finished second at the BC AA High School Championship.
“It’s been a goal of mine to play university basketball and to attend a good school and Simon Fraser is one of the best universities in Canada, so it was a perfect fit,” said Rud. “The chance to play against NCAA competition was really appealing to me. In addition to the basketball, I’m also really excited about studying criminology at SFU.”
He averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game, leading his team in both categories.
“I am a tough, physical player who will do anything to help the team win. I think I am a strong defensive player and rebounder, with a good stroke from the outside. I’m a hard worker and will train hard to make the adjustment to NCAA basketball. In my redshirt year, I want to get stronger and more athletic. In terms of basketball, I want to work as hard as possible in practice, challenge my fellow teammates and make sure my own game grows,” finished Rud.
Rud was named the most valuable player of the Victoria City Police Tournament and was a first team all-star at the Brentwood College Countdown to Playoffs Tournament. He was also named a Lower Vancouver Island Tier I League All-Star and was selected to the Vancouver Island Senior’s Classic game.
“He has been coached by the top high school coach in the British Columbia in Ian Hyde-Lay and does voluntary extra private individual skill development with legendary Canadian coach Ken Shields. I used to work at SMUS as a coach and house parent and I know he has been pushed on and off the court to be the best. Matt has made a commitment to redshirt this year and continue to develop his skills and body in the weight room so that he is ready to play the wing in the 2015-16 season,” finished Blake.
A multi-sport athlete, Rud was a starter on the First XV rugby squad at SMUS that finished fourth in the BC AA championships and I played goal in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League until January when he decided to concentrate on basketball.
Rud will join the Clan this fall as the team prepares for the 2014-15 season.