OTTUMWA — An early decision appeared as if it wouldn't take Richard Amardi much further than a few hours by car north of his new home away from home this past November.
A new twist and few turns later, Amardi has found a new home. One that is going to require a little bit more then a few hours by car to get there.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario, who was prepared to call the state of Iowa home for the remainder of his college career is now headed to the great northwest. Just over a week after being let go from his scholarship to Iowa State to allow the Cyclones to sign Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane, Amardi chose to sign with Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks on Friday.
No, Amardi won't be experiencing Hilton Magic next season. Instead, nuances like a forest background painted onto the playing floor at Matthew Knight court and some of the flashiest uniforms in all of college sports as well some of the top campuses in the world will await the former Warrior.
"The facilities up there are second to none," Indian Hills head coach Barret Peery said. "I think Richard will really love it up there."
It was Peery who helped guide Amardi on a path he didn't expect to be heading down earlier this month. After signing with Iowa State back in November, Amardi was set to join the Cyclones throughout his sophomore season at Indian Hills where the 6-9, 225-pound forward averaged eight points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the 26-4 Warriors, making 11-straight starts in the second half of the campaign.
Amardi was reportedly right on schedule to join his fellow Warrior teammate Dustin Hogue at Iowa State just a few weeks ago, expecting to enroll in summer classes at the school to begin the academic side of his life in Ames before working to compete for a spot in the Cyclones’ rotation this upcoming season. Hoiberg then made a very late run at Kane despite ISU already having hit the limit for the school on scholarships that can be offered.