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Isaiah Armwood talks George Washington pledge

After transferring from Villanova last week, Isaiah Armwood didn't waste any time in finding a new school. The Baltimore native and 2009 Montrose Christian grad committed to George Washington on Wednesday night.

"[George Washington] just kept sticking in my head more than any other schools," Armwood said Thursday. "It just came down to a decision I had to make that was best for me. GW is what was best for me. … The campus, it was not too far from home. And GW is a great school. I came from a great school in Villanova as well. That always stuck in the back of my mind."

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Armwood, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward, also visited Maryland and was interested in Iowa, Texas Tech and Virginia. But GW presented Armwood with an opportunity to be part of a new era under former Vermont coach and Maryland assistant Mike Lonergan.

"Coach Lonergan, he doesn't want to limit his players," Armwood said. "[His players] can just express everything they can on the court. With this year off, it's just an opportunity to expand my game even more."Armwood said he bonded with the entire Colonials staff. Pete Strickland, a former North Carolina State assistant, tried to recruit Armwood to Raleigh out of high school. Armwood was also familiar with GW assistant Kevin Sutton, who formerly led the Montverde (Fla.) Academy program and competed against Montrose Christian.

"They're veteran," Armwood said of the staff. "Most of [the coaches] are older guys and experienced coaches, except for Coach [Hajj] Turner. So they know what they're doing. They know what they're talking about. … I could tell that I was fairly important to them. Just when I talked to the assistant coaches, they were just constantly explaining how much better I would get there, and how they would work with me."

In his sophomore season at Villanova, Armwood averaged 2.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 17 minutes. After sitting out this year at George Washington, he's hoping to make a much bigger impact for the Colonials than he did for the Wildcats.

"I wasn't told that [I would start], but I plan on doing that next year," Armwood said. "[I'm] just [looking forward to] getting there, getting to know my teammates and getting on the court with my teammates."

Armwood is set to start classes at George Washington on Monday. The next step in his college basketball career can't come soon enough.

"[I'll] just [bring] flat-out effort every night," Armwood said. "I'm there to play. I'm just looking forward to getting to know my teammates and be with a good group of guys."

U.S. Presswire photo of Isaiah Armwood by Jim O'Connor / Jan. 20, 2010

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