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  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    Armstead leaving hoops for football

  • EUGENE — Arik Armstead's first basketball game with the Ducks turned out to be his last.
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  • EUGENE — Arik Armstead's first basketball game with the Ducks turned out to be his last.
    Two days after scoring two points in a 71-44 win at Washington State, Armstead announced on Tuesday that he was leaving the basketball program to focus on football.
    "We have enjoyed having Arik on our team the past two seasons and we certainly wish him luck with his football career," Oregon coach Dana Altman said in a statement. "Arik is a very talented student-athlete and we completely understand and support his decision to concentrate on football."
    The 6-foot-8, 280-pound Armstead has played in 26 games with six starts at defensive end for the Ducks in the past two seasons. He has 41 tackles including 11/2; sacks.
    He was a two-sport star at Pleasant Grove High School in Sacramento and joined the basketball team after last football season, but sat out a redshirt season.
    He returned to the baskeball team on Jan. 7 and got into his first game on Sunday when he had two points in four minutes.
    Altman was asked about Armstead's debut during the Pac-12 Conference coaches' teleconference on Tuesday morning before his departure was announced.
    "It was the opportunity to give him some minutes," Altman said. "He has done some nice things in practice."
    Altman added: "He was with us last year, so he has an idea of what we want to do."
    Here comes the POW
    UCLA's Kyle Anderson will arrive at Matthew Knight Arena with the Bruins (16-4, 5-2) Thursday night as the reigning Pac-12 player of the week after averaging 15 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in wins over Stanford and California.
    That's about average for the 6-9 sophomore who leads the conference with 6.7 assists per game, ranks fourth in rebounding (9.0) and steals (1.8) and sits 11th in scoring at 15.5 points per contest.
    "He's pretty unique," Altman said. "There are not many guys that size that have the ball skills and shoot the '3'. There is nobody in our league like him."
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