Armstead Leaves Hoops Team

The University of Oregon Athletic Department announced on Tuesday that forward Arik Armstead has informed Head Coach Dana Altman that he is leaving the basketball team so that he can focus on football and academics. Altman said in a media release from the university that he understands and supports Armstead's decision

"We have enjoyed having Arik on our team the past two seasons and we certainly wish him luck with his football career," Altman said in the media release that came out on Tuesday afternoon. "Arik is a very talented student-athlete and we completely understand and support his decision to concentrate on football."

The media release also points out that Armstead has played in all 26 games on the Ducks football team since enrolling for spring term in 2012. Generally regarded as the best football prospect for the 2012 recruiting class, Armstead was the No. 1 offensive lineman in's ratings although he has played exclusively on the defensive line at Oregon. So far in his football career he has had 41 total tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks.

Next season he will be a junior in football and is projected as part of the starting defensive line up.

Even though he has always been on a football scholarship at Oregon, he spent one year as a red-shirt freshman in basketball and did make one appearance this season last weekend against Washington State, scoring a basket and committing a foul in limited duty. He joined the basketball squad after completing the football season and appearing in the Alamo Bowl last December.

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