April 6, 2009

Armstead sets Iowa visit

This week may be a dead week for college coaches in terms of what they can do on the recruiting trail, but it isn't dead for basketball prospects looking at potential programs to sign with this spring. Iowa's top target for one of their open scholarships, Malcolm Armstead, has scheduled his official visit to Iowa City.

"My first visit will be on the 17th to Iowa," Armstead said Monday evening.

Armstead's parents are planning to make the trip to Iowa City with him, but the 6-foot point guard is unsure at this time whether his Chipola Junior College teammate Torye Pelham will be joining him on the visit, but he expects he will make the trip.

A new name may be entering the race for the Alabama native and that is his home state school, who recently hired a new head coach in Anthony Grant.

"After I leave Iowa, I am going to visit Alabama, who has started recruiting me. Then I will go to St. John's the following weekend," he said.

Armstead said that he has those three visits scheduled and he would like to take all five of his visits before making his decision.

"I am not going to rush through this. I am going to be patient," Armstead said.

Now that his visits are just around the corner, Armstead is laying out his criteria for his decision and what the most important factors will be in deciding on a school.

"The first thing is education and then with basketball I don't want to be a fill in guy, where they recruit another guy over me the next year. I want to be a guy where if I have a bad game, I am not going to the bench. I want the coach to have my back and I will have his," he said.

His coach at Chipola Junior College, Iowa native Greg Heiar, gave him advice today as they started to schedule his official visits.

"Coach told me to find out how bad a program really wants me. He said to get a good feel for the coaching staff and make sure that I will be their guy for my three years there."

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