Catching up with Aaric Armstead
The recruiting saga of Aaric Armstead may not be over just yet.
Armstead, an athletic 6-foot-5 wing player from Fresno, Calif., said recently that he would still like to attend the University of Hawai’i for the upcoming 2012-13 season, “but there’s still minor things that we have to get done first.”
Armstead is a 2012 graduate from Bullard High School in Fresno, but apparently has yet to achieve some of the requirements to enroll at UH. He said Hawai’i became his top choice several weeks ago, and it is the only NCAA Division I program he is focused on at the moment.
“At this point, there aren’t any (other) schools right now, but Hawai’i is probably my number 1 choice,” he said. “But like I said earlier, still undecided because prep school is in the mix now.”
Several media outlets have reported that Armstead will play at La Jolla Prep School for the 2012-13 season. “It’s possible,” he said. “At this point, nothing’s true, nothing’s false, but everything’s possible.”
Even if Armstead ends up at La Jolla – or any other prep school – he said he would still like to try and enroll at UH for the following season (2013-14).
If Armstead is able to fulfill the necessary requirements to enroll at UH, he would be considered a late – and great – steal for the Warriors.
Armstead was one of the top seniors in all of California during the 2011-12 season. He averaged around 25 points per game and led Bullard to a No. 8 ranking in the state by ESPN. He was also named to several all-star teams, and was one of five players named to the first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation Team by ESPN.
Arkansas and New Mexico were among the other programs that were recruiting Armstead throughout the late signing period.
As an unsigned recruit, Armstead was allowed to participate in the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament at the end of July at Las Vegas. He said he played for the CTB All-Stars in the tournament as a way to stay in basketball shape during the summer.
Armstead displayed an ability to slash to the basket and finish near the rim during the tournament. At times, he was also dynamic in the open court, and his length as a defender often caused problems for opponents.
“My game is up-tempo, fast-paced, aggressive, offensive- and defensive-minded,” he said.