At GW, Isaiah Armwood eager to play after lengthy layoff

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“I’ve always been a bundle of energy,” Armwood said. “I’m the same player, just better. Coach Lonergan allows me to do a little more of the things I didn’t do at Villanova that people didn’t see.”

He’s also added 25 pounds after coming to George Washington at a wiry 190 pounds nearly a year ago. Armwood is far from bulky, but now he is better built for interior play when the Colonials require it.

What GW ultimately needs is production from Armwood, who averaged 2.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while playing 17 minutes per game as a sophomore.

“I’m not expecting him to score a boatload of points, but I’m hoping he can fill a stat sheet,” Lonergan said. “He’s a terrific rebounder, and we will put him in position to score. This past year we tried to expand his game and work on his handle. He has a decent touch. We’re going to need scoring. He might get double the minutes, but we’re going to need more than double the points.”

That starts Nov. 10 when the Colonials open at home against Youngstown State. After what felt like a year off, Armwood is certain to be in the middle of everything this season in Foggy Bottom.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Armwood said. “I’m going to have to keep my emotions down, obviously, but it’s going to be fun.”

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