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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Oregon hangs onto Malcolm Armstead

By Diamond Leung

New Oregon coach Dana Altman recently gave a scholarship release to guard Malcolm Armstead, but the team's leading returning scorer has decided to remain with the Ducks for his junior season.

"Malcolm wanted to make sure the University of Oregon is the best situation for him, but after studying it, he really likes his teammates and likes the university," Altman said. "After going through all that with his parents, they analyzed everything and decided the University of Oregon was still the best."

Armstead's return was important given that Josh Crittle, Matthew Humphrey, Drew Wiley and Jamil Wilson had already transferred out in wake of Ernie Kent getting fired.

Armstead as a sophomore broke the school record for steals in a single season, led the team in assists and scored 10.3 points per game.

It couldn't have hurt that Altman had a previous relationship with Armstead, having recruited him as a junior college transfer while at Creighton.

"We’re glad he’s back," Altman said.