Louisville Men’s Basketball has addressed their backcourt needs in the 2021 class with the additions of Bobby Pettiford Jr and El Ellis. Now, they are looking for help on the wing. Today, they made an offer to top 50 prospect Alex Fudge.
Fudge is a 4 Star SF from Jacksonville, FL. Among the many other offers he has amassed besides this newest from Louisville are Miami, LSU, Texas, USC, Arizona State, Alabama, Iowa State, and Georgia. 247sports ranks him as 49th best prospect nationally and the 10th best prospect at his position.
Playing in 26 games for Robert E. Lee High School last season, Fudge nearly averaged a double-double. The 6’6 175 lbs prospect averaged 16 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 3 blocks per game for the Generals. He shot 55 percent from the field and 26 percent from the arc. However, it’s important to note, he’s not a high-volume 3-point shooter; having only shot 39 total threes and hitting 10. Meanwhile, from inside the arc, he hit 59 percent of his shots; having attempted 260 shots and hitting 153 of them. The numbers indicate he’s an athletic slasher from the wing.
The numbers would be correct. Alex Fudge is a high level athlete. His physical length, wingspan, and leaping ability make him a dunker-extraordinaire. His highlights are full of dunks off alley-oops, drives from the wing, and off offensive rebounds. Speaking of rebounding, he’s a tremendous rebounder, especially on the offensive end. He had so many put back dunks off offensive rebounds in his highlights, it’s ridiculous. He’s so good at reading where the ball will careen off the rim and being in the right spot. A good ball handler, he has a quick first step when attacking from the wing. He’s a great shot blocker, coming in from the weak side and from behind an opponent to be an eraser of would normally be easy shots. As a shooter, he’s excellent anywhere 10 feet and in. He has a nice little turnaround fade-away and a nice touch. While his 3-point percentage leaves something to be desired, I feel his mechanics are good with a high, relatively quick release. I think he can become a good 3-point shooter with just a little development.
Fudge reminds me a lot of former Card Terrence Williams in his style of play. It’s all about athleticism and he uses his to full effect on the court. Just like Williams, I think he can grow into a serviceable shooter from the arc. He also reminds me of the type of players FSU has been recruiting; long, athletic players that can get to the rim, defend, and rebound. As Fudge’s recruitment really begins in earnest, I and the recruiting staff, will earnestly watch it. Alex Fudge could be a fun player to watch play in Chris Mack’s system.
*stats courtesy of MaxPreps