Arizona commit Terry Armstrong to bypass college, turn pro

Rob Dauster

For the third time this spring, a high-major recruit has decided not to go to college and to instead try to make his way in the pros.

Terry Armstrong, a four-star prospect out of Arizona that was committed to play for the Wildcats, will bypass college and turn pro, according to multiple reports. It’s still unclear whether that means heading to the G League or overseas, but both options are on the table.

Armstrong is ranked as the No. 60 recruit nationally, according to 247 Sports. A 6-foot-6 wing, he is a player with the kind of talent that would make him intriguing to NBA teams but a long way to go to turn that potential into the kind of production that would get him on a roster. Put another way, he was thought to be a guy that would spend two or three years in college before having a real shot to get drafted.

Armstrong is the fourth player in the 2020 recruiting class to skip college altogether. R.J. Hampton, who is a potential top five pick in the 2020 draft, is heading to Australia, as is LaMelo Ball, another potential first round pick. He was unlikely to be eligible to play college basketball. Kenyon Martin Jr. opted out of a scholarship to Vanderbilt to pursue professional opportunities. He was a three-star recruit.