|Bill Armstrong -
BLAZER TRAILS: The walk-on from Oneonta High School saw limited action last season … Armstrong is the son of a coach and one of the most inspirational workers on the UAB team.
JUNIOR YEAR (1999-2000): Played in nine games with all of his action coming off the bench ... hit both of his free throws against Texas-Pan American (Dec. 1) and was 2-for-4 from the line against Memphis (Feb. 16) ... saw season-high eight minutes of action against Southern Miss (Feb. 19).
SOPHOMORE YEAR (1998-99): Saw action in 11 games during his second season with the program … had one rebound in UAB’s first-round NCAA game against Iowa (March 11) … scored career-high three points in win over Houston (Jan. 9) … added two assists versus the Cougars … played seven minutes in the Cleveland State (Nov. 24) contest.
FRESHMAN YEAR (1997-98): Armstrong played in six games … recorded his first collegiate assist against Jackson State (Dec. 30), had two rebounds and an assist versus Tulane (Jan. 10), and scored his first basket against Norfolk State (Feb. 23).
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner for his father – Jimmy Armstrong – at Oneonta High School … earned numerous honors for athletics and academics while at Oneonta, including Academic All-State (The Birmingham News), 2A All-State (The Birmingham News), 3rd Team Super All Metro (Birmingham Post-Herald), 2nd Team 1A-2A All-Metro (The Birmingham News), and Area 11 MVP … averaged 19.7 points and 7.8 assists per game as a senior … averaged 15.6 points and 8.1 assists per game as a junior … his team won the Area 11 championship for two consecutive seasons (1994-96) and reached the Alabama 2A Sweet 16 both years.
PERSONAL: Son of Jimmy Armstrong and Kathy Calhoun … a criminal justice major … a lifelong Blazer fan who has attended almost every UAB home game since he was five years old … father Jimmy coached former Blazer center Alan Ogg at Gardendale High School in the early 1980s and later spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach on the UAB staff (1986-88).