Isaiah Armwood Update

The Terps basketball staff will only have two, perhaps even one scholarship to work with next year, so it'll be quite a process prioritizing between the players who comprise a loaded 2009 class in the Washington area. But one player who seemingly will have an open-ended offer to become a Terp is highly sought Montrose Christian big man Isaiah Armwood, on whom TSR has the latest news.

Armwood is a 6-foot-8-and-a-half, 195-pound power forward whom ranks the No. 8 player in the nation in the Class of 2008. Always well-regarded locally, he ‘blew up' on the national travel circuit this summer with the Baltimore Stars, and has seen a variety of major programs make him a priority this summer – Villanova, Lousiville, Texas, Syracuse and Georgetown all would like to have him don their respective uniforms two years from now.

"I think Lousiville has been pushing up on him the most lately," Baltimore Stars coach Duane Davis said of Armwood, who is extremely long, athletic and active and has been developing some impressive perimeter skills as well.

After talking to Davis, we caught up with both Armwood and his father, Gerald Armwood for their take on the recruiting game.

"Right now everybody's trying to pressure him to make a decision. I want him to enjoy it, and take his time and visit some of these places to get a feel for what college life is like," Gerald Armwood said.

The elder Armwood says his top priority, by far, is finding the best fit for his son academically. His thoughts on the hometown Terps?

"I don't have a problem with Maryland. Maryland does have some big people, so that would allow him to do some of the things he'd like to do," he said.

Specifically, that means play the small forward position. Though he has been viewed primarily as a post player and has been strictly a post player at powerhouse Montrose, the lanky jumping-jack type sees himself on the wing. He has the potential to be a great shot-blocker and rebounder, and now is showing the ability to shoot from outside, handle and dish the ball.

"That's what he wants to be, is a three-man … He can handle the ball. His shot isn't bad for his size and is getting better. He needs to develop some post moves, is the most important thing. One or two go-to moves, and he'll be a lot more effective," Davis said.

Armwood took one visit this summer, to Villanova. Nova and Lousiville could be Maryland's top competition for his commitment, though Texas has the Kevin Durant-Montrose Christian connection and Syracuse always does well in Baltimore. Georgetown is no slouch in recruiting these days, either.

In other words, it'll be battle for his services, though he did say he likes the Terps and has watched them for years.

"They stand high [on the list] because they're the home school and I've always liked them," Isaiah said.

Armwood said he'll definitely be visiting Maryland this fall. He's been hearing from assistant coach Chuck Driesell but hasn't gotten a chance yet to speak with head coach Gary Williams. And the hometown advantage may be limited in this one.

"Where I go doesn't really matter at all," he said.

The Terps have done a great job of building an inroads at Montrose in the past few years, snagging Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie and Shane Walker. Now they've reportedly offered all three of the Rockville programs highly touted rising juniors – Armwood, Terrell Vinson and Tristan Spurlock – and would seemingly be happy to land any of them.

Armwood, though, would seem to be the prized gem of the trio. We'll keep you posted as his recruitment enters a more serious stage this fall.

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