Arizona has been dealt a blow in their lauded 2019 recruiting class. Four-star guard Terry Armstrong will bypass college and play professionally next season.
The 6-6 wing is the No. 60 ranked player by 247Sports, but was the fourth ranked player in Arizona’s recruiting class, which makes his decision to bypass college an interesting one. Most felt Armstrong was not likely to start next year for the Wildcats and was seen by many as a multi-year prospect.
“He was thought to be a guy that would spend two or three years in college before having a real shot to get drafted,” wrote NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster.
Armstrong is the fourth player in the 2020 recruiting class to skip college joining R.J. Hampton, LaMelo Ball and Kenyon Martin Jr.
This is not the first time Arizona has lost an incoming freshman to the pros. Ndudi Ebi declared for the NBA Draft after signing with Arizona. Brandon Jennings and Terrence Ferguson also went the professional route after having issues with their transcripts.
Armstrong’s decision may have been partially due to academics as several national basketball writers, including Rivals.com’s Corey Evans who tweeted “Questions had circulated as to whether Armstrong would receive the proper grades to qualify.”
The move does benefit Arizona in getting them down to 13 scholarship players on the roster. The recent commitment by Nevada transfer Jordan Brown had them one over the limit.
IMPACT ON ARIZONA: Armstrong is a very talented player and would have played this season, but did not project as a starter and is at a position where Arizona has solid depth, though could have used a player with his size and scoring ability. Assuming Brandon Williams, Josh Green, and Nico Manion are the starters, Arizona would have Dylan Smith, Alex Barcello, and transfer Max Hazzard coming off the bench. Smith is 6-5, while Barcello and Hazzard are 6-3 and 5-10 respectively.
The losses of Brandon Randolph, Devonaire Doutrive, and Armstrong have really hurt Arizona’s size on the wing.
The bigger impact could be in the future where Armstrong was seen as a future starter, if not a star for the Wildcats.