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Gopher Hoops picks up a late 2010 addition to the roster

6-3 shooting guard, Chris Armelin's patience has paid off. The Louisiana native had offers from a couple smaller schools but was holding out for a BCS offer. Oregon was also considering a scholarship offer but Armelin visited the U this weekend and he finally received that BCS scholarship he desired.

As a junior and sophomore Armelin averaged 17.5 points per game and was a 2nd team all-state selection both years. Then as a senior he averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds per game earning 1st team all-state honors for the while his team made a run into the 5A state tournament.

Myron reports that Armelin has a 37 inch vertical and ESPN Insider's eval has this to say...

The lefty from Louisiana showed a nice stroke from behind the arc with good range out to 22'. He has good ball skills in both transition and the half court. He can get his own shot when he needs to. He is a good athlete who can finish at the rim with strength. He has a solid body with good bounce off the floor. Chip has very good pace to his game, seemingly never getting sped up. He could be nice pick-up for a Southland level school.

Being a three time all-state selection and putting up good numbers for three years begs the question why wasn't he offered a BCS scholarship before August 6th? According to Myron, who asked Armelin, he fell off the radar when he decided to play football during his senior year. Even with that he received interest from Oregon, Georgia Tech and the home state LSU Tigers. LSU's new coach is making it a point of emphasis to retain Louisiana's best but his 5 person class consisted of just 1 in-state kid, and it obviously wasn't Armelin.

So with that our 2010 class is complete (kind of). There really is no resolution about Oto Osenieks but assuming he makes it to campus the class of 2010 now consists of 6 incoming freshmen.

  • PG - Maverick Ahanmisi
  • C - Elliot Eliason
  • C - Maurice Walker
  • SG - Austin Hollins
  • F - Oto Osenieks
  • SG - Chris Armelin

Nobody stands out in this class but most of these guys should be able to redshirt and have a year to develop. Assuming Trevor Mbakwe is playing for the Gophers this fall, we will have 13 scholarship players and 2 scholarships available for next season.