It looks like there’s a bit of a trend in the making of elite college basketball recruits opting to go pro straight out of high school instead of going to college. The latest player to take that option is one of Arizona’s top commitments.
According to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, Arizona commit Terry Armstrong is going to bypass college to play professionally for either the NBA G-League or an overseas league. Armstrong joins such top talents as R.J. Hampton and LaMelo Ball in choosing to go pro rather than play in college.
247Sports ranks Armstrong as a four-star recruit and the No. 60 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 7 point guard in the country and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Arizona.
He has been committed to the Wildcats since late-October.
Sources: Arizona commit Terry Armstrong is bypassing college to play professionally in the G League or overseas. Top-50 player in the 2019 class.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 19, 2019
Losing Armstrong would be quite a blow for Arizona, which currently has the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports.
While the trio of Armstrong, Hampton and Ball represent only a tiny sliver of elite basketball prospects bypassing college to go pro early, their success at their new teams could very well lead to even more players making the same decision.
And if any of those three can parlay their pre-NBA success into actual NBA stardom, the NCAA will have a very interesting situation to deal with.