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Armwood Out of U-18 Trials; He and Vinson ave Short Lists

Montrose Christian forward Isaiah Armwood opted out of next week's USA Basketball under-18 team trials in Washington because he cannot afford to take off from summer school as he wants to ensure he is eligible to play as a college freshman, Montrose Coach Stu Vetter said.

"It's an honor to be asked to try out," Vetter said, adding that he was proud to have two invitees, with All-Met Terrell Vinson scheduled to participate. "I know it's a difficult decision for him, because anytime you get an opportunity to represent your country it's an opportunity that doesn't come along very often.

"This is a big summer for him in a lot of different ways. You have to establish your priorities and what you need to do."

Vetter said that Armwood has whittled his college choices to Villanova, Texas and Syracuse. Vinson is down to Maryland, Georgetown, Duke and Villanova, Vetter said. Guard Tristan Spurlock has left Montrose, Vetter said, adding that incoming freshman Justin Anderson from Spotsylvania has enrolled and will play on the varsity this winter. Anderson received special permission to play on Courtland's JV team this past season.

"He's one of the most talented freshman I've ever had," Vetter said. "He's 6-5 - a good 6-5 - he rebounds and shoots and passes. He has a good game for his age, a complete game."

By Josh Barr  | June 26, 2008; 1:47 PM ET
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