Derrell Armstrong inks NLI with UNCG men’s basketball
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men's basketball head coach Mike Dement announced on Monday that 6-1 combo guard Derrell Armstrong has signed his National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period.
Armstrong joins 6-7 swingman Nick Paulos, who signed with UNCG during the fall signing period, as the lone commitments for next season.
Armstrong, who is a native of Mechanicsville, Md., comes to UNCG from Alleghany Community College where he played for coach Mike Baker. After the conclusion of this past season, Armstrong claimed numerous individual awards including being named an honorable mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
"We are excited about Derrell's commitment to our program," said Dement. "Having lost an outstanding scoring and rebounding guard to graduation in Brandon Evans, we felt Derrell's style of play and skills could help fill that void. He certainly has shown his ability to put up impressive numbers with his versatility to push and penetrate, score in a variety of ways and impressively rebound the ball both on offense and defense in his sophomore season at Alleghany.
"We are certainly familiar with the excellent coaching he received at Alleghany under Coach Baker since Aaron Brackett came to us from that program a year ago. His experience will be valuable to us in the upcoming seasons and we are anxious to get him to campus this summer for classes and to begin preparation for the upcoming year."
This past season, Armstrong led his team by averaging 21.3 points per game and also had a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game. His average of 21.3 ranked 12th nationally this past season, as well, as he helped lead his team to a 20-10 record last year. For his efforts, he was named first-team all-region 20 and first-team all-JUCO.
The Spartans are no strangers to Alleghany Community College as junior Aaron Brackett played for the school with Armstrong last season. The most famous alumni to ever play at Alleghany Community College was former Maryland star Steve Francis, who graduated in 1998.
Armstrong, who is known for his knack for rebounding, had a career-high 39 points and 22 rebounds in a win over Community College of Baltimore College. As a senior at Chopticon High School, Armstrong averaged 25.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as he helped lead his team to a 19-5 overall record.
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