Freshman Post Player Adds Size for Tigers

Auburn basketball freshman Ty Armstrong is on canpus getting a head start on his collegiate experience.

Auburn, Ala.--When Auburn signed four players last November in the early period, it looked like Jeff Lebo was done with his 2009 basketball signee class.

However, the coach and his staff decided to add a fifth prospect, Ty Armstrong, in the spring period to help bolster the inside game.

Currently standing 6-8 1/2 and 220 pounds, the new Auburn freshman from Florida is in his first month of taking college classes and working out with his new teammates.

"I went to a boarding school before coming to Auburn so it has been a pretty easy adjustment," says Armstrong, who transferred from Eastside High in Gainesville, Fla., to Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla., for his senior season.

"Playing at Florida Air Academy helped me a lot," Armstrong adds. "I worked a lot on my post moves with my coach. We went 25-1 and we played good competition."

He says that he is continuing to work on his game this summer and is looking to add muscle and weight to prepare for the rigors of Southeastern Conference basketball.

"I am going to play power forward," he points out. "I am probably going to play some five (center), too. Eventually, I know I will be able to step out on the perimeter and also play the three (small forward)."

Commenting on his game, he says, "I want to work on my post moves more this summer. I can face up and shoot it.

"I like to go inside and outside," he adds. "I feel real comfortable when I am on the post and catch it and face up. I like to get up and down the floor."

The freshman expects to play an up-tempo style of basketball at Auburn so conditioning is a priority for all of the newcomers. Commenting on what kind of shape he reported in, Armstrong says, "Not as good as I can be, but I am working on it. I was actually in pretty good shape when I got here."

Ty Armstrong is on the Auburn campus taking classes this summer.

Last year's starting power forward, Korvotney Barber, was effective scoring around the basket using both his right hand and left hand. Armstrong, who is right-handed, can score with his off-hand, too. "I do a lot of left-handed hooks," he says. "I use my left a lot."

The newcomer says he has been welcomed to the Auburn team by the older guys. "They have shown a lot of leadership," he says. "They have been real good helping me."

Armstrong says he is taking four classes this summer, but hasn't decided what he will major in college. He just turned 18 on March 15th and was a prospect who many colleges were recruiting for the 2010 class. However, he finished up his high school academic work this year to graduate and decided to come to Auburn. He notes that Arizona State, Penn State, Ole Miss, VCU, Clemson and South Carolina were among the colleges who offered scholarships.

The freshman says he has been impressed with the talent level of the signee class that includes fellow freshmen Robert Chubb, Andre Malone and Earnest Ross along with sophomore Ken Gabriel. He predicts good days are on the horizon for Auburn hoops. "It is really exciting knowing what we are going to be able to accomplish," he says.

Commenting on his goal for his first season as a college basketball player, Armstrong says, "The only thing I have right now is to work hard and if I get into games I want to do what I have to do and contribute to help us win."

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