LOS ANGELES – Of all the people who bet on Wichita State to reach the 2013 Final Four, no one's gamble paid off bigger Saturday night than Malcolm Armstead's.
Here is a kid who two years ago left a full-ride scholarship at Oregon for a part-time job at a car dealership in Cheney, Kan., all with a hope that he'd play point guard for the Shockers this season. There were no scholarships available at Wichita State, so he took out student loans, put himself in debt all because he thought Gregg Marshall's program provided the best environment for him to play basketball.
To reset that, he thought paying his way at Wichita State, a Missouri Valley Conference member, was a better place for him to play than a full ride at the University of Oregon, a Pac-12 member and Phil Knight's personal philanthropy.
Friday night, Oregon got bounced from the NCAA tournament by Louisville. Less than 24 hours later, Armstead, the Ducks' former point guard, helped Wichita State – theRead More »from Malcolm Armstead's decision to pay his own way at Wichita State leads to Final Four trip