Armstrong latest in line of Wetumpka basketball players to sign with Alabama State

For Adrianne Armstrong, all signs pointed toward Alabama State.

She attended basketball camps there, didn’t miss many home games and mingled frequently with players.

Not to mention her mother’s an alumnus and became a sorority member there, too.

So it wasn’t a total shock to anyone when Armstrong signed a basketball scholarship with Alabama State recently during a ceremony in front of family and friends at Wetumpka High School.

“I think it’s a good program, it feels like they’re family to me and it felt like home,” said the senior guard, who’s averaging approximately 18 points per game this season for the Indians. “I am so proud of myself.”

Auburn-Montgomery, North Carolina A&T and Troy showed interest in signing Armstrong as well.

“It’s like I am at home,” she said. “It’s not too far off to where I can’t come home — it’s a home away from home.”

Her mother’s ties to the HBCU school didn’t factor into the decision.

“I decided to make my own decision,” she said. “It wasn’t based off that, even though she got her master’s there and pledged there. I just decided to follow my own footsteps and do what I wanted to do for me and not anyone else.”

Armstrong has been a member of Wetumpka’s varsity program since middle school. The senior is closing in on 1,000 career points this season.

“Adrianne has been playing since seventh grade,” Indians head coach Ed Rogers said. “I think Alabama State has always been in her heart ever since a young age. I hope she’s the first of many who’ll be able to go on and play at the next level.”

Rogers says he’s been most impressed by Armstrong’s confidence.

“She was reluctant to take control on the varsity level, even though she had the varsity talent,” he explained. “As she has grown of age, you could see that she was getting better and better and more comfortable at leading by example with her play on the court.”

Armstrong became the latest Wetumpka hoops standout to join the Hornets. Last year, guard Terrence LeFlore accepted a basketball scholarship from the men’s program, which is coached by former Wetumpka great Lewis Jackson.

–Cortez Strickland

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