BY JEREMY HOECK
Brandon Armstrong hadn’t been able to travel much in his life.
Basketball, though, allowed the 6-foot-5 wing from San Antonio, Texas, the opportunity to travel the country.
And starting next fall, he’ll be venturing north to attend college.
Armstrong, who had two other Division I offers, said he verbally committed to the University of South Dakota men’s basketball program on Tuesday night.
“Taking the opportunity to go for college was something I was looking forward to,” he said by phone shortly after his announcement. “It feels great, knowing I had something to get me there.”
His basketball potential led him to make an official visit to USD in mid-September and later to New Hampshire. He also had an offer from Texas-Arlington, but in the end, Armstrong said he liked what he saw up in Vermillion.
“I think it’s a good program, they’re on the rise,” said Armstrong, who is a senior at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio.
“I think my freshman year, we could do some damage.”
Armstrong said he first came to the attention of USD coaches during a tournament this past summer in Texas. And ever since those first conversations that the staff was interested, it has been a “great relationship,” Armstrong said.
He then made the official visit to USD and came away impressed with the atmosphere, including the new basketball/volleyball arena that will open during his freshman season (2016-17).
Did the arena play a role in his decision?
“It was a part, yes,” Armstrong said. “But just seeing how the culture of the kids is there and how it’s a smaller school, and knowing that I was wanted, makes me feel good.”