Isaiah Armwood (Montrose Christian) said he is transferring from Villanova to George Washington. The 6-foot-9 forward must sit out next season per NCAA rules, but he will have two years eligibility remaining.

Armwood said the biggest factor in choosing GW over other schools was his relationship with the Colonials coaching staff, particularly assistant coach Pete Strickland. While he was an assistant at North Carolina State, Strickland recruited Armwood out of high school.

“I just felt real comfortable with the coaching staff,” Armwood said. “It’s a great school.”

Armwood made seven starts last season for the Big East program that advanced to the NCAA tournament, losing to George Mason in the first round. He averaged 2.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

One of his best games last season was against Maryland. In the Wildcats’ 74-66 win, Armwood had 13 rebounds in 22 minutes.

The arrival of Armwood appears to signal GW’s strong desire to bring more local players into the program. Lasan Kromah (Eleanor Roosevelt) is the only player with area ties on GW’s roster.