Big Man Says He Will Sign With Lebo's Tigers

A basketball power forward says he will sign with Coach Jeff Lebo's Auburn Tigers.

Melbourne, Fla.--Tylisman Armstrong says a recruiting visit to Auburn this past weekend convinced him that he wants to play his college basketball for Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers and notes he will soon be signing with Auburn.

A 6-8, 225-pound forward at Florida Air Academy, he says, "I really like the players and the coaches at Auburn. They were very real with me when I visited there. They told the truth and didn't sugarcoat anything. I like the players and the people I met in Auburn.

"I like the Auburn coaches, too, and I like how Coach Lebo interacts with the players," he adds. "Off the court he jokes around with them, but when it is time to get on the court and practice he is very serious. That is how it is with my coach at Florida Air Academy (Aubin Goporo)."

Originally expected to graduate with the 2010 class, he is now scheduled to finish his high school degree later this spring. "I have my test score so all I have to do is take care of my classwork the rest of the school year and I will be ready to enroll at Auburn," he says.

Originally from Los Angeles, he notes that he moved to Gainesville, Fla., as a sophomore and has been in the highly competitive program at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne for almost a year. "The coaching is good here and I have been able to work on my fundamentals and improve as a player," he points out.

Armstrong, who notes that he likes to be called "Ty," says he likes to play with his face to the basket. "I am more of a forward than a center," he says. "I like to take defenders off the dribble and drive by them to the basket."

Armstrong says he chose the Tigers over Penn State Arizona State, South Carolina, Ole Miss and others. He notes that a variety of other colleges were recruiting him under the assumption that he wouldn't graduate until next year. However, he says recruiting is done and he is looking forward to playing for the Tigers this upcoming season.

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