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Freshman Profile: Q&A with New Jersey native Mark Armstrong

By Pat Lawless, 01/28/19, 4:45PM EST

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Mark Armstrong shines at Hearts 2 Hands Invitational

Class of 2022 guard Mark Armstrong from St. Peter’s (NJ) was one of the top performers at the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational. Armstrong plays with a high basketball I.Q. and is an impressive scorer. The freshman standout talked to Prep Circuit after his 25 point game.

Q: How would you describe your game for those who haven’t watched you play?

A: “I like to play an open floor game and I like to run,” said Armstrong. “I like to play up-tempo, shoot it a lot and I keep getting better defensively.”

Q: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses right now?

A: “I would say that I need to work on my help side defense and I need to work on boxing out,” he said. “My strengths are attacking the basket and shooting.”

Q: What do you need to add to your game to take things to the next level?

A: “I’m trying to be more poised on the court like when I am getting trapped,” Armstrong said. “I have to hold the ball and be strong with it. I want to work on the things on defense I spoke about earlier. I have to work on my pull up game and just keep adding more to my game.”

Q: You haven’t gotten as much attention as other players in your class just yet. Do you use that as motivation or try not to focus on that?

A: “My Dad always tells me not to worry about other people and to focus on my own expectations,” he said. “I just worry about my expectations and do what’s best for my team.”

Q: Who are some of the players on the college and NBA level you look at to help your game?

A: “In college, I look at Cameron Reddish with the way he is dynamic,” said Armstrong. “I look at Russell Westbrook from the NBA with his athleticism and his point guard abilities.”

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