ATLANTA, Georgia – The goal from the beginning was for the Shockers to get to the Final Four in Atlanta, but Shocker Malcolm Armstead’s journey was a mix of road bumps and detours.
Before coach Gregg Marshall would give him the keys to run the Shocker offense, Armstead had to get behind the wheel of some less luxurious machines.
Between pick-up games and weight training, Armstead spent the summer before his senior year at Lubbers in Cheney, working on the lot and delivering cars.
“I have a great worker, pretty quiet,” said Chris Lubbers, Lubbers Chevrolet Ford.
Armstead got the job because he had to pay his own way.
After leaving Oregon, he set his sights on Wichita State. The problem was – Gregg Marshall was out of scholarships.
“Don’t be afraid of work,” said Chris Lubbers, Lubbers Chevrolet Ford. “And if something that you’re doing isn’t, you’re not happy there I mean, work to make it work.”
“I mean I just owe it all to them for giving me the opportunity and allowing it to be a part of my story,” said Armstead.
It’s his drive on the basketball court that has helped the Shockers reach unthinkable heights. If you ask Armstead, the destination was never in doubt, even if the road was unconventional.
“It’s a blessing, it’ doesn’t even seem real at times like I said before, but it’s real,” said Armstead. “You’ve just got to embrace it, enjoy it all.”
The eyes of his boss will be on him again this weekend.
Lubbers says that like so many Shocker fans he’ll be in Atlanta to watch WSU take on Louisville.