Armwood picks Villanova over Texas and Syracuse

Originally Published: July 1, 2008
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Counting Kevin Durant among your former teammates has its plusses and minuses.

On the positive side, there's a lot of attention.

On the negative side, there's a lot of attention.

Isaiah Armwood felt both sides of the glare in the past year. Blessed with a 6-9 wire frame not unlike his Montrose Christian High School famous alum, Armwood has watched the radar on him zoom in closer and closer. Caught off guard by the attention, he was anxious to make a decision on his college choice.

On Thursday he made that decision public. Armwood, ranked No. 68 in the ESPN 100 in the Class of 2009, will take his talents to Villanova next season.

"People didn't really start noticing me until my sophomore year, but then it was pretty crazy," Armwood said. "I thought it would be a lot easier than it was."

Armwood, who is considered a wing forward now but could develop into a power forward, chose Villanova over Texas and Syracuse, admitting it was difficult to say no to Durant's alma mater. But in the end Armwood's comfort level with Jay Wright and his coaching staff plus long friendships with fellow Baltimore-area residents Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham, plus an old high school rivalry with Virginia's Scottie Reynolds, made the choice easy.

"It helped a lot knowing those guys," Armwood said. "They've been through everything I'm going through now, so I can talk to them, ask them questions."

Armwood joins Philadelphia product Maalik Wayns in Villanova's class for next year. The Wildcats still have two scholarships to give.

Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at espnoneil@live.com.

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