Former Minnesota Golden Gophers reserve guard Chip Armelin was granted a release from his scholarship back in April, and has now decided to further his basketball career at Southern Mississippi. Armelin informed the Pioneer Press of his transfer intentions on Tuesday, as he figures to have much more viable chance at playing time now that he's away from Big Ten competition when he becomes eligible in 2013-14.
Armelin was reportedly unhappy with his usage during his time with the Gophers, and is hoping that head coach Donnie Tyndall's more wide open offensive style will offer more opportunities. "Coach really likes my style of play, and he figures that I'll be a perfect match in his system," Armelin said.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Sulphur, Louisiana averaged 5.2 points as a sophomore and 4.4 points per game as a freshman for Minnesota and head coach Tubby Smith. He will have two full years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 season.