USD men’s hoops nabs Texas commit

BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

Brandon Armstrong
Brandon Armstrong

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.”

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