February 23, 2009

Iowa still in the mix for Armstead?

The hot name on the Iowa Basketball recruiting radar has been Malcolm Armstead, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Chipola Junior College in Florida. In the past few days, the Iowa buzz appeared to dim, with a published story that indicated Armstead was all but a done deal to Arkansas this spring. We caught up with the talented freshman point guard to find out if there is any truth to the story and if the Hawkeyes still have a chance to get his commitment.

"No, I am not going to commit to Arkansas, but I plan to visit there. That's it." Armstead said. "After I take any visit, I am going to sit down and talk to my coach and figure out what is best for me and my family."

His coach at Chipola, Greg Haier, has sent many players to the Division One level and Armstead is going to rely on his advice and counsel throughout the recruiting process.

"Coach Haier helps me to figure out which school is a good fit for me. He isn't going to tell me which school to go to or anything like that, but he helps me to find out which school I can go to and have an impact on their program and get some playing time."

But, Arkansas will not be his only visit, according to the Florence, Alabama native. In addition to the Hogs, Armstead says that he has received interest from: Iowa, Kentucky, St. John's, Florida, Providence, Alabama, Washington State, and several other schools. His plans at this time also include an official visit to Iowa City, hopefully in the near future.

"They (Iowa) have been in here a lot this year to watch me. They say they need a point guard to come in and help to run the show and they think I really fit their system. I am planning to go there for a visit and if I like it, I will just go from there," he said. "Iowa sounds like a good school from what I have read and from what I have heard. But, I want to get there and see what it is like on a visit."

While his potential move to a higher level of college basketball is important to his future, the more immediate focus is on leading Chipola to a national title at the junior college level. This season Armstead has meshed well with a talented team and become more of a pure point guard in leading his team to a 28-1 record.

"We are on a pretty good roll as a team right now. I feel really good about being a part of a team like this," he said. "I think I have really developed as a player this year and learning my position as a point guard and with what I need to do in finding my teammates, setting up my teammates, and scoring when I need to."

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