Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Prolific VUHoops on Future Villanova Wildcat Isaiah Armwood

To the Villanova Wildcats faithful-

The prolific site
VUHoops has been running a series about the future Villanova Wildcats, who will be gracing the Pavilion and Davis Center with their presence, come the fall semester. Their most recent entry is on Isaiah Armwood.

Armwood - one of the most heralded backcourt prospects in the nation - will be joining the (fortunately) crowded backcourt. It remains crowded, due to Scottie Reynolds having wisely decided that it wasn't worth forfeiting his senior year to pursue a slim at best (and most likely, negligible) chance of being drafted as a junior.

I don't focus on recruiting at Villanova Viewpoint. Accordingly, I often learn from the expertise of the publishers of the other Villanova blogs, that do cover it extensively. So I found this piece to be a very informative summary on Armwood.

Here's a key excerpt from
the post from VUHoops:

The 6′8″ forward from Maryland came on to the scene during his sophomore year at Montrose Christian in Rockville, MD. In the summer of 2007 he became a known quantity in the recruiting world due to an immense upside based on his athletic ability.

During his junior season at Montrose, he battled a knee injury that has since corrected and healed itself.

At Villanova, Armwood will need to bulk up but in time will play the 4 in Jay Wright’s brand of basketball. His athleticism is quick to see watching the agile player on the floor. Through the High School tournament circuit, Armwood was always able to provide showtime and entertainment with his high-flying dunks- one of which was ESPN’s Play of the Day back in April...

Isaiah selected Villanova over Georgetown, Syracuse, Ohio State, and Texas. He gave his verbal to become a Wildcat on July 1, 2008 and signed his National Letter of Intent in the November signing period.

Of course, check back for the latest posts in the Senior Farewell series, in which I'll be looking back at the Villanova tenures of the two final departing Wildcats - Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham; the Frank Tchuisi and Shane Clark series are now already completed...

What remains of the series is the senior year for Anderson - as well as his invitations to NBA workout camps, and then the full series on Cunningham. I purposefully saved the series on Cunningham for last, as I thought it would make a great retrospective, now that his NBA dreams have materialized as a high second-round pick (the third selection of that round, in fact), by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Go Wildcats!

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