Bassett plans to turn pro

Former Indiana — and now, apparently, former Ohio U. — guard Armon Bassett has informed his friends on Facebook that he’ll turn pro.

Where Bassett plans to head is anyone’s guess. I haven’t seen his name on NBA mock drafts, but his play in the MAC and NCAA Tournaments most certainly caught many a scout’s eye.

Bassett played a post-grad season at Hargrave Military Academy, then had to sit out a little more than a year after transferring from Indiana. He originally landed at UAB, but left after one semester. He became eligible at Ohio this season after the first quarter of classes, averaging 17.1 points.

Next year would have been Bassett’s sixth season since graduating from Terre Haute South. When I interviewed Bassett last year, he reported to me that he’d just gotten his first ‘A’ in a college course. He was proud. But anyone who has spoken to Armon knows that his dream has been to play professional basketball; I couldn’t even find his major listed on either his IU or Ohio bio.

Now seems like a good time for him to find out if he can make a living the way he’s always wanted to.

112 comments

  1. I think some team will give him a change in the 2nd. Hope he makes a roster. Or, he can play with Rod Wilmont in Fort Wayne 😀

  2. I would really like to know if he will be getting his college degree, and if not how close he is to getting one. 5 years of college and no degree? What happens after basketball is all gone Armon? That time could be closer than you realize.

  3. Guys in the pros that are Armon’s size have to guard Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo. I don’t know if he can do that, but if he can he has a chance to stick with a team. The question is his resume. Who will take a flyer on a small PG, who by definition needs to be a team leader, who has been to so many schools after HS?

  4. While I don’t think he has much of a shot in The League his stock might be as high as it’s ever going to be with a couple good games in the NCAAs.

  5. JZ, his stock is probably as high as it will ever be. He can always pick up those classes later if he wants/chooses to do so. Good luck Armon!

  6. Favorite Armon memory is of him jumping into KS’s arms near the end of KS’s last game when we thumped MSU in the hall.

  7. Bob Bender? Someone’s been doing their Husky research.

    I wish Armond all the best. Maybe he can end up on Barça and play with Ricky Rubio.

    By the way, what is this nonsense about WhOregon going after Izzo? I do not want to have to see that guy in the Pac 10.

  8. I find it very messed up that you people believe you can cut someone’s dream. I don’t care if Armon has 1 degree in 1 year or 7 in five years its none of your concern. You havn’t walked in his shoes, you don’t know the thigns hes been though. Armon knows himself best, and I’m pretty sure he has proven people wrong before, and he will again. All of you negative people need to take 6 months and worry about your own self. Fix those things in YOUR life, and let him live his. When all is said and done he is going to do him. You will be supporting him msome way or another (going to a NBA game or something) ARMON, KEEP DOING YOUR THING. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE HATERS.. its clear you, jordan crawford left because you saw the writing on the wall.. and look you BOTH excelled.. keep up the work. To everyone else.. fix those things in your life, not worrying about everyone else =) k thanks

  9. It is funny how some feel the need to denigrate a player with gossip and inneundo. Get a life… This player wanted to play the NBA… He has made a decision to see if he has what it takes… that takes guts more than what some of you denigrators have hiding behind their CRTs posting baseless rants… Good Luck AB Believe in your decision!

  10. Word. These are often the same people worshipping Zellers and Plumberlees. I’d much rather have Armond here again then a bunch of overrated 4 star country boys.

  11. they had a mutiny, refused to run their punishment, played high on weed (if you can’t tell by looking at ellis, then you don’t get high). finally they bailed when given a chance to comport themselves as student athletes, sending our great program into an abyss that i suffer for to this day, and many more to come!

    i hope they all fail. to hell with them.

  12. Angel,
    I sure wish we had “the overrated 4 star country boys” Zeller and Plumlee… instead we recruit the Muniru’s and Jobe’s and Oladipo’s who don’t even understand the game of basketball.
    ….and his name is Armon, not Armond. Show some respect to the Indiana kid.

  13. sorry. was supposed to read like this:

    i don’t know why anyone roots for basset, crawford, or any of sampson’s boys. they were all part of bringing down our great program.
    there were 19 F’s on the spring report card when crean arrived. obviously they weren’t going to class. they dressed like they were slinging rock on a street corner instead of representing our fine school. they had a mutiny, refused to run their punishment, played high on weed (if you can’t tell by looking at ellis, then you don’t get high). finally they bailed when given a chance to comport themselves as student athletes, sending our great program into an abyss that i suffer for to this day, and many more to come!

    i hope they all fail. to hell with them.

  14. Interesting. Almost all the posts either wished him the best or, at worst, questioned that he may not be an NBA caliber player. Then posters come on and castigate previous posters for slandering him. I don’t think they even read the previous posts. They just assumed they were bad.

  15. Wow, it is amazing how that one bunch consistently lies and tears down young men, Armon absolutlely deserves a congratulations,, TC did not want him in the program tell the TRUTH at least for once. Armon, Congratulations!!

  16. really fire6? was basset also not suspended? even the very timid mike davis had to kick him off the team. do you have no behavioral standards for an iu player whatsoever?

  17. Coachv,

    It’s horrible that you’re wishing failure on a bunch of kids who happened to make some mistakes in college. Really, truly sad.

    It certainly seems like Basset and Crawford have picked themselves back up and found ways to be successful playing elsewhere.

    No one here appreciates your ignorant, stereotypical speech. Do you really need to degrade kids who are still growing up and learning about life? You’re justified in being upset that our basketball program was damaged, but take it out on the adult responsible for recruiting and mentoring these guys.

    Sampson brought them here, failed to hold them accountable, didn’t monitor their attendance and set a poor example by cutting corners in the recruiting process. Certainly Sampson’s job wasn’t to be a babysitter, but just as you and others blame Crean for the shortcomings of our current team, so too should you blame Sampson for the downfall of that particular team.

    Maybe it’s time to take a step back from IU basketball and find another hobby for a bit. I think it’s obvious you’re too emotionally invested if you can’t remove yourself from the situation for a moment to wish some kids healthy futures.

    Sheesh.

  18. really coachv. by gholly no he was not.. oh but the tarrying six was happy to see him go!! IU is the best you aren’t!! Congrats Armon and Mike!

  19. sheesh,

    i do wish some kids a healthy future. just not these “kids”.

    fire6,

    i’m well aware iu is the best because i am an alumnus. judging by your writing, it’s obvious you are not. good luck going for that GED, though. remember, third time’s a charm.

  20. Please stop talking to Coach V. he is a complete idiot.. and i sure pray to GOD that he is not coaching our kids, the ones who will hold the future. Im sure he is perfect, and is really liked.. and because he is.. he has to get on this blog and tear someone down.. im sure he was all over their nuts if you will when they went to IU. they saw the writing in the wall.. and its a great thing they did.. Eventually they will making wayyy more than you.. Spend your valuable time doing something other than making a fool of yourself on here… thanks coach V!

  21. Sorry Bernie — have to do this.

    coachv,

    I find it ironic that you insult someone else’s intelligence based on an analysis of their writing, yet in your own writing, you display openly that you don’t know how to properly capitalize the first word in a sentence. You are unaware of the fact that a period is placed inside of the quotation marks at the end of a sentence. You don’t even capitalize “iu,” even though you hold it in such high regard.

    As a fellow alumnus, I’m ashamed to know that you somehow slipped through the cracks at an otherwise fine institution. At the IU from which I graduated, I learned to be open-minded, progressive and continually learning. I learned to consider all sides of an argument, and to refrain from belittling people for their rightfully held, informed opinions (and learned how to develop an informed opinion, myself).

    Apparently, those things weren’t yet being taught during the time of your attendance.

  22. 4guy has his convictions…..the one on plumlee/zeller is a good one….Plumlee will be a dukie though

  23. and I thought I was hard on Carlino. I can wish Bassett nothing but the best. He wanted to decom to IU when things got rough for Davis. I remember talking to his AAU coach, he was looking at Cinci hard. He stayed with IU and Sampson ran an undiscipilned non-structured environment for the kid. It is Bassetts fault I know but in the end I blame Sampson too for letting him have a free for all.

  24. These are young people and they will make mistakes. The entire nature of revenue sports is enough to screw up an individual for life. Ten and eleven-years-olds are lauded with adulation and treated like little god-like figures and we expect them to behave normally? If they get through the process with an education it is remarkable. All three of my kids are/were D1 athletes but in non-revenue sports (thank God). They shared the training tables and athletic facilities with football and basketball players. They had many friends in both. With the exception of the kids at Cornell, the football/basketball kids had a remarkable lack of understanding of how the world works outside their own little realm. It is easy to feel sorry for them. I hope these kids (and they are kids) learn from their mistakes and have a successful life.

  25. My wife works at OU and someone told her that he was going to sign with a professional team in Italy.

  26. casey

    i don’t know how to capitalize? i do it for speed. this is blog forum, not an essay. btw, did you know a forum is for expressing opinions?

    as my wife and i both work as editors, i find analyzing writing skill is a fair barometer of one’s intelligence. here, i’ll give you an example. you stated most adamantly that it is a fact that the period is placed before the quotation mark at the end of a sentence. don’t look now but your iq is showing.

  27. An absolute pleasure to watch this guy play. Wish he could have stayed and played at IU. I believe he’ll do very well in the NBA— This guy will suprise many! Good Luck Armon

  28. I blame Sampson for my parents letting me smoke a little weed at college. I actually blame him many times over..I blame Sampson for jock itch. I blame Sampson for the last time I saw an NBA quality player in a Hoosier uniform. I blame Sampson for my dad getting old an wanting to watch Price is Right instead of chugging shots of Jim Beam. I blame Sampson for March Madness deciding against April. I blame Sampson for baseball in November. I blame Sampson for putting ice in Stemler’s veins and forgetting to hit defrost. I blame Sampson for the times I grab the ping pong paddle with the rubber pealing off the edge..I blame Sampson for Bobby Knight making Brent Musburger hate his job. I blame Sampson for Butler. I blame Sampson for Wayne Newton killing that old lady in front row while swinging his microphone. I blame Sampson for odorless flatulence. I blame Sampson for infomercials and church channels dominating 80% my cable TV package. I blame Sampson for Tiger Woods not sharing..I blame Sampson for the Hamm’s beer bear spinning on that log in the land of sky blue waters..the bear is way too happy. I blame Sampson for never again hearing Harry Caray sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at a Cubs game.. I blame Sampson for 4guards being born with 4nads and the giant…?…he drags around. I blame Sampson for the music industry whoring itself out to a Brit named Simon Cowell and his talentless talent show with the name of my country in the title. I blame Sampson for cans of mixed nuts that only mix in five busted up cashews. I blame Sampson for the pharmaceutical industry dragging their feet and not introducing the internet blog addiction pill. I blame Sampson for Eric Gordon going to the Clippers. I blame Sampson….

  29. yes, I supported Sampson, his second chance but yes…I BLAME SAMPSON FOR THIS WHOLE MESS!!! I will say it again if you want???

  30. Unless you’re DeAndre Thomas, that might not fit on your T-shirt without considerable font shrinkage.

    We could always go with….

    I BLAME ZERO TOLERANCE!!!

  31. The Zero Tolerance debate is crazy. We had infinite tolerance for ever so long for behaviors that should have never been accepted in the first place. If John Ryan and Ralph Floyd had put their arms around Bob and said: “Robert, the standards you set for your players apply to you too, please stop being a jerk”, then we all would have been better off.

    But that didn’t happen and so just as Sampson’s players did as they pleased without the intervention of discipline, so did Bob. I wish it hadn’t happened that way, but it did.

  32. Myles Brand is DEFINITELY to blame. He singlehandedly destroyed one of the cleanest and most successful basketball programs in NCAA history. Then we hired a recruiter with no head coaching experience whatsoever (great guy but not head coaching material). Then we hired a cheater. I think we have a good guy in Crean but it is an uphill battle to say the least.

  33. And lets not forget Brand skipping town after his decision to be rewarded with the top job in the NCAA. Nothing fishy there.

  34. I still blame Sampson for the times I grab the ping pong paddle with the rubber peeling off the edge. I can only blame Brand for the nasty spin my wife puts on her serve.

  35. Look, I am a Knight fan too…anyone that reads this blog knows that. I graduated the year Knight left. I remember it all like it was yesterday. So many people curse Brand but I have never understood why. Just like Sampson is to blame for phone calls, Knight is to blame for poor choices and behavior. As a University President Brand had to do something and he did. I understand that and wonder why so many cannot.

  36. Does anyone honestly think Brand had a future at IU after firing Knight? Be real.

    Brand is no hero, but others left the task to him and he did it. After it was over he had to leave.

  37. Knight never really did anything wrong…except maybe punching that cop in Puerto Rico. Seriously you knew what you were getting with Knight when you went to play for IU. Quit being such a girl sometimes sports get physical.

  38. Sometimes I think GFdave and Clarion are the only two sane people on here anymore, just joking…well kinda!

  39. Sorry J Pat I meant I concur about the Kelvin Sanctions phone call situation. I can’t agree about RMK or Brand. Brand apparently coveted the NCAA job so he could put his own stamp on it. He knew the only way he could attain it was to fire the most well known coach in America. He then oversaw the investigation of the IU BB program and through his continued direction lowered further the despicable image of the NCAA governing body.

  40. Clarion, not to question you in the least but do you really think he fired Knight just to get to that NCAA job? I guess I never have looked at it that way? Don’t get me wrong, I am neither for or against Brand but I thought the NCAA was light on IU as far as the sanctions went and thought it could have been Brand that took it easy on IU. Maybe I am crazy. I will sit back and digest what you say and reflect on it…

  41. I give Brand credit for wanting to inject and accelerate more academic accomplishment into NCAA athletics. But I don’t know of any other reason for devising a plan to fire the coach who had the highest profile in establishing that very same philosophy and did it successfully for over three decades. To me it is 2+2, the dots connect. Hell Brand could have found cause for zero tolerance/termination action in any of the six previous seasons. It only became important when the NCAA position was on the horizon.

  42. Maybe Brand felt bad for destroying the IU basketball program and hence took it very easy on us for the Sampson debacle.

  43. Sampson brought them here, failed to hold them accountable, didn’t monitor their attendance and set a poor example by cutting corners in the recruiting process. Certainly Sampson’s job wasn’t to be a babysitter, but just as you and others blame Crean for the shortcomings of our current team, so too should you blame Sampson for the downfall of that particular team.

    Sampson, Sampson, Sampson, Sampson, Sampson, Sampson!

    Damn it, didn’t he do the same at Oklahoma, and how did those guys recover so quickly? Sampson is gone, his team thrashed the Spartans in Assembly Hall and the Boilermakers. Remember how well they were playing even when they were without D.J. or E.J. and then this phony Tom Crean came (brought by the same man who brought Sampson here: big fat AD Greenspan) and started to devastate the program completely with his “we are too young, let’s wait, wait, wait until leadership develops, but please keep the paychecks to me coming, I can handle that with no problem, thank you!”. But you still blame Sampson. Do the Sooners still blame Sampson? And why not? Because they have brains that’s why. If we can’t forget and forgive, if we can’t even remember well — then let’s hold everyone accountable for everything they do, but I mean truly everyone, starting with this Very Phony Mr. Crean. Sampson’s only defect: he was a far better coach than Crean will ever be, and that’s what nobody here can ever forgive.

  44. I agree. I don’t want to sound like I am sticking up for the slimeball Sampson who should have never been hired in the first place, but Crean is the one who decimated the program upon his arrival. He never even tried to instill discipline and turn these kids lives around. He just sent everyone packing. Unless you think the 3 years probation, the loss of scholarship (that we didn’t have filled anyhow) and the minor recruiting restrictions (got busted for too many phone calls anyhow) are what did it.

  45. …and what was Holman running steps for?
    …and why did he throw the potted plant?
    …and why did Crawford say he was leaving?

    …and why does Coach Crean have so little discipline problem now?

    …and your mud still don’t stick

  46. … and why does Coach Crean have so little discipline problem now?

    He has no control over that team, period. (See the Jeremiah incident, see the 20+ points losses where despite his furibund clapping the players appeared to completely tune him out throughout the game…) These guys understand that they’re part of a program with no future (under Crean) and so they go to class to get a degree and move on. They’re Kyle Tabers and Brett Finkelmeyers, down to earth, full of common sense people with no particular talent for basketball (most of them) that won’t play ball for a living but love basketball, can play it, and treasure the opportunity to be part of what’s left of this program while getting a degree from IU.

    Regarding your questions:

    (a) wasn’t McGee the one running steps actually?

    (c) if you watched Xavier – Kansas State and Northwestern – Indiana (the third one, in Indy) you know why Crawford left.

    (b) Holman threw the plant because Crean is phony. Like you. You are phony too. Very very phony.

    There are idiots on this blog who write against Pritchard and Elston simply because they were recruited by Sampson. If Holman and Crawford were so undisciplined why aren’t Pritchard and Elston giving trouble to Crean?

    Crean was an absolute idiot for letting Crawford go.

  47. It was McGee running the steps.
    Crawford gave Crean every chance, and Crean couldn’t close on him.
    as far as discipline… this is the most undisciplined team I have ever seen at IU on the basketball court. Dumes had free reign to shoot from wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted, and threw elbows to the groin at will. Rivers is a turnover machine who just blows the “coach” off. VJIII refuses to even try to play a lick of d.

  48. I want Hoosier Clarion to tell me if any Indiana player ever waved Sampson off the way Jeremiah Rivers did with Crean during a nationally televised game. That’s where discipline counts: where we can all see it, on the basketball court. The rest is just speculation, and unsubstantiated claims.

    I want Hoosier Clarion to tell me if he has actually read the Crawford interview. Here’s a quote:

    Jordan Crawford intended to stay at Indiana, even as his teammates left, one by one. “Armon (Bassett), Jamarcus (Ellis), DeAndre (Thomas),” he said. Crawford said he knew it was time to leave when he saw one of the last Hoosiers holdovers, Brandon McGee, running stadium steps in the rain, as punishment for being late to study hall.

    “He was two or three minutes late,” Crawford said. “It was after the first day of summer classes. No homework. I was thinking, if they’re going to do him like that, they’re going to do me like that, too.”

    The first call he made was to Xavier. Miller would be thrilled to have him. Only by the time Crawford got eligible, Chris Mack, one of Miller’s assistants, was named head coach. “At least I knew Coach Mack,” Crawford said.

    First day of summer. No homework. Two or three minutes late. I want Hoosier Clarion to tell me if Hoosier Clarion was ever late for Study Hall in his life. (I assume Hoosier Clarion went to school.) And did Hoosier Clarion run stadium steps for being late? How many steps for being how late? How many times did this happen Hoosier Clarion?

    I want Hoosier Clarion to tell me how many stadium steps Jeremiah had to run for the crass disrespect he has shown to Crean during a televised game.

    Come on Hoosier Clarion! Go! Maybe they should change your name to ZERO CREDIBILITY…

    Crean is a zero. He made zero effort to talk to Crawford. He came here only to intimidate and to pick up his checks. Tom Crean, an idiot who now reaps what he sowed, the vast emptiness of his incompetent mind.

  49. ^^You sure are a piece of work there, EngL’accent. To use one of your famous invectives, why don’t you take a break and come out of your parents’ basement, catch a few rays of sun?

  50. What Rivers did to Crean is what Ellis and Crawford did to Sampson numerous times. I saw it many times. I saw several players disrespect Dakich and it was bad. I saw Mike Lewis, Pat Knight, Damon B, and Tom Cov be disrepectful to Knight on the sideline. Anyone remember Lewis going off on Knight and coming back at him? Ah, but we forget that do we? Did anyone see the way D Cousins went off on Calipari on the sideline for most of the season? This stuff happens and the coach corrects the attitude behind closed doors as not to make a spectacle. What Rivers did to Crean was pretty mild!

  51. The point you boy(s)(cause I am not sure it is more than one)are missing is they would not knuckle under to the new coach at IU, but Bassett knuckled under to the staff at Ohio U. and Crawford knuckled to the staff at X. They should thank Coach Crean for the motivation to succeed somewhere else.

  52. KORMAN!

    I just saw your TWEET

    “@kevhugh39 @ItsOD Parea and Jurkin may be in town if their schools are on spring break. Is open gym open to you? One way to find out.”

    I have class in Assembly and Tim Buckley walked past me with 2 very very tall kids. not sure if this was parea and jurkin, didnt get a good look, but I just thought it was interesting. there was also a shorter kid following…

    Know anything about it?

  53. chill,

    your rant was the funniest thing i’ve read since noon o’clock. i think i’ve finally met my soul mate.

  54. If there is one lingering thing that I still blame Sampson for, it is the friggin’ phone calls. How did the jerk think he could get away with them? Couldn’t he have just followed the rules?

    It’s so frustrating, because he was a lights-out recruiter. In two years he got us 5-star Gordon and Ebanks, and Jordan Crawford, to boot; that is Calipari-level stuff there.

    I am mad at you, Kelvin. Imagine what we would be talking about right now if you had just restrained yourself and your pal Rob Senderhoff. We might in fact be playing Duke again in the FInal Four.

  55. Only wish I could get Hugh to do the Auto-Tune version of “I Blame Sampson“.

    Random Entertainment: He will rescue us…free us from this icy graveyard of hopelessness. We will make the journey back….A Tribute to Tom Crean.

  56. The point, Hoosier Clarion, is that you have skipped class more than you would want to admit but you were not forced to run steps.

    Crean clearly DISCRIMINATED against anyone he found here. To have a kid like Crawford and still not admit he’s good, to claim it’s Crean’s merit that Crawford succeeded SOMEWHERE ELSE is to be a hypocrite beyond any words. Shame on you.

  57. “there’s a snake in my boot” you should make sure that you enter your name correctly each time that you post using that name. When you don’t it leads people to know that you use more than one name. Shame on you. Sort of makes you a hypocrite.

  58. Good citizenship earns you respect and vindication. Display poor behavior and neither will be offered.

  59. Crawford and Bassett looked like nice kids. Never saw the guys exhibiting a slacking attitude on the court. Never saw them exhibit bad sprortsmanhsip against an opponent. I think we should be very careful when labeling kids for reported actions most of us never witnessed.

    I honestly don’t see the benefit in the mud slinging.

  60. I wish I had Chill’s composure (as in “a calmness or repose especially of mind, bearing, or appearance”) when talking about Crean’s handling of Jordan Crawford’s situation — but I clearly do not.

    Because for two years now Crean has been telling us to wait and wait and wait as it takes time to build leadership, and it takes time to bring talent. And all through this year Crawford, who was here when Crean came, demonstrated BOTH, just 127 miles away from Bloomington, in Cincinnati at Xavier.

    To have and lose, then claim that Crawford’s show of leadership and talent 127 miles away from Bloomington is in fact Crean’s clever contribution (to college basketball, to Jordan Crawford’s life, etc.) is simply MONUMENTALLY RIDICULOUS.

    Crean should have proved he is a good educator, mentor, pedagogue the very moment he set foot on this campus. But he isn’t any of the above. And I can see clearly now that the only thing that matches his humongous salary is the bottomless pit of his incompetence.

    This program needed Crawford and Crawford was here. Tom Crean sent him away. Clearly a good move for Clarion and a few others, but a bad, bad move for Indiana basketball program.

  61. Creek committed without a visit with a very promising Freshman Class, VJlll’s future will command attention, APR is on the rise, attendance has increased, new BB Center is preparing for a grand opening, the BB blogs are mostly full of positive posts, yup I would say those actions are cause for alarm.

  62. Clarion you are a master of white lies.

    Ebanks originally signed with the Indiana Hoosiers, but was released from his letter of intent after coach Kelvin Sampson was dismissed. Ebanks signed his letter of intent with Bob Huggins’ West Virginia University.

    Watch Ebanks play in the Final Four, my friend, and ask yourself why, why, oh why he didn’t wait for the great Tom Crean. After all, Creek didn’t need to visit to sign, it was virtually a no brainer, right?

    The only cause for alarm is that if Crean leaves he will stop sending paychecks your way to keep the BB blogs full of mostly positive posts, my dear Hoosier Clarabelle.

  63. Oops, I quoted too much…

    Clarion you are a master of white lies.

    Ebanks originally signed with the Indiana Hoosiers, but was released from his letter of intent after coach Kelvin Sampson was dismissed. Ebanks signed his letter of intent with Bob Huggins’ West Virginia University.

    Watch Ebanks play in the Final Four, my friend, and ask yourself why, why, oh why he didn’t wait for the great Tom Crean. After all, Creek didn’t need to visit to sign, it was virtually a no brainer, right?

    The only cause for alarm is that if Crean leaves he will stop sending paychecks your way to keep the BB blogs full of mostly positive posts, my dear Hoosier Clarabelle.

  64. ^^^ EngL’accent, you are a wild nutcase sometimes. Why don’t you stop hiding behind your whiny diatribes and use your consistent name?

  65. ^ Just like you support Tom Crean only (and not the Indiana Hoosiers). You should sign Sausage Clarion because that’s what you are. If the use of Hoosier in your signature is absolutely necessary you need to put either Bozo or Trumpet next to it, because that’s what you are.

  66. ^^^EngL’accent: this is what you want to do, and you need to control yourself.

    By the way, can you find me that old GooFyDave video that you posted way back during Xmas time, the one with two Japanese guys playing a videogame against each other in an office, where one guy goes ballistic?

  67. Crawford left because he was going to actually study.

    Don’t give me the, “Xavier is a good academic school stuff”…….Jeff Robinson got in, couldn’t get into Purdue with his low SAT score.

  68. ^ The picture is funny, but if Chill auto-tunes it to Vivaldi you will see EXACTLY what kind of message I want to get acrosss: I love Sausage Clarion! He is my friend.

    Also, I don’t know what you mean but I typed exactly what you said in Google and it came back with this page. Is this something you could use, dude?

  69. Dude, we have the Clapping Sausage we’re good! New banner by 2015! Guaranteed.

    Willy: scroll down on that page and you’ll find this.

    I’m not angry. I’m just getting additional reasons to remain calm by bouncing my doubts off this blog. And I have to say I like what I read.

  70. Wow. I’m impressed with I’ve. Now let’s talk about you, Mr. Clarion: do you consider yourself a Hoosier fan as well?

  71. Clarion! See what happens when you miss study hall? Tsk, tsk, tsk… Up and down the hotel stairs buddy, right away, or you’ll need to transfer. Come on, buddy! Stairs for you or you will never understand how important study hall is. Come on, now; you’ll thank me later.

  72. Thanks, L’englaccent. I just laughed my eyes out recalling old times with that video. I saved it to my favorites on Youtube.

    On another note, let’s not act like all of our lives turn on Indiana basketball. We have 8 months till it stars up again. Might as well be positive. Here, have a snack.

  73. L'accent engelaise (since you keep mentioning Engel -- I wonder how he's doing, I have to say I miss his posts at times.) says:

    I just wanted to show Clarion some love, that’s all…

    My favorite quote on this page:

    If there is one lingering thing that I still blame Sampson for, it is the friggin’ phone calls. How did the jerk think he could get away with them? Couldn’t he have just followed the rules?

    It’s so frustrating, because he was a lights-out recruiter. In two years he got us 5-star Gordon and Ebanks, and Jordan Crawford, to boot; that is Calipari-level stuff there.

    I am mad at you, Kelvin. Imagine what we would be talking about right now if you had just restrained yourself and your pal Rob Senderhoff. We might in fact be playing Duke again in the FInal Four.

    We’ll be back. The Sausage will bring us back. He’s had so much bad luck since he came I actually fear a little for his life. But no transfers this summer and we win the Big Ten next year! We have to. And by “we” I mean, of course, “him“. May he find a way!

  74. And the fruitcake that provided the above quote that L’accent enjoyed so much was a constant and unrelenting basher of EJ. If the Remora can remember Engel on Basketblog, then I would hope the brain cells would function well enough to not forget the name of the sole blogger that could never stop criticizing Eric Gordon for loyalty to Sampson. Gee, wonder if it’s Bartholomew?
    Now the loyalty is rewarded back to Kelvin for being a “lights out recruiter”? On Basketblog, Sampson luring Gordon to IU was treated as a despicable crime against the good name of Indiana..Gordon skills were never acknowledged, and always diminished, by this hater. His bad game at Arkansas was treated as if it removed any 5-star status deserved next to his IU name along with negating an entire season of accomplishments including Big 10 Player of the Year… I can assure you, that blogger was not Chris Engel..UGH. Engel believed Gordon lived up to his 5-star billing. If I’m not mistaken, there was another blogger on Basketblog that didn’t believe the ridiculous hate being thrown at EJ was justified.

    The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. Before Sampson could have taken us to a Final Four, he would have had to pull EJ out from the undercarriage of the Arkansas bus you guys threw him under.

  75. I was not sure but I thought that might have been his quote. The reason I quoted him was: he finally came around and admitted he misses what Kelvin could have made Indiana. It was like that part with Dr. Bagheera, Chill, that you liked so much two summers ago and Engel.

    In any event I never believed Tom one single moment when he criticized E.J. — he obviously loved him too. He just wanted to chat with you, buddy, because you are so cute when you pour all your soul into what you write. That’s my guess.

    E.J. was always fantastic — even when he underperformed. You had that eerie M.J. feeling that he could always turn around everything at the last minute, like a conviction that Kelvin Sampson was in fact a good coach, who unfortunately couldn’t watch his back properly.

  76. In any event I never believed Tom one single moment when he criticized E.J.

    That’s many a wasted “single moment” to put in your sincere….?

  77. Chill there, chill. I didn’t suddenly change my tune. I said Sampson could recruit, period. Saying that doesn’t mean that I vindicate the short, sad legacy of EJ at IU. If you remember, my main complaint about EJ wasn’t that he was “damaged goods” and should have never been brought to IU, but that for how good he was, he sure found a way to disappear when we needed him.

    Yes, I liked to pour it on, on occasion, and talk about how EJ was against IU before he was for them. I liked to talk about him jumping on the Bruce Weber boat before deciding that IU was O.K. But you must understand, compadre, that like L’accengle pointed out, a lot of times I got into the spirit of debate with you and liked to wind you up and get you to keep pouring out your soul. You can’t keep trying to “hold me accountable” for every utterance that I said back then, as if I were testifying to the grand jury.

    The fact is, you write passionate, long-winded posts at times, which are great, but you have to realize that they arouse a playful spirit amongst the readers that sometimes can lead away from sincere, honest, factual discussion.

  78. So painful to ever say you were wrong about anything…So painful to have a single human flaw. Easier to belittle my words and take the ugly position that I am the roadblock to sincere voices. What crap. I was ahead of the game. There is no grand jury today.. Only the passage of time has given you the court of this day to open your eyes and see the truth of your failed prosecutorial judgments; a truth I saw and defended long ago. Gordon never disappeared from anything. He gave his best when he put on a Hoosier uniform and on one lousy day he fell short..You wanted to end his existence on that singular day in Arkansas. That was your sentence upon his name..He was never to be looked at as a Hoosier again. And now you fall short with such shallow opinion of the truth I put in my words long ago..I would expect such ramblings from the voyeuristic, wind-sucking Remora that judges character for it far too hideous a thought to give view of his own reflection. You picked the perfect day to act the “L’accengle” fool.

  79. Oh stop now, silly. Haven’t I admitted enough of my own faults over the years? Haven’t I chastised my own basketball knowledge? Haven’t I revealed my own shortcomings as a writer? Haven’t I admitted that I am more into the jouissance of blogging than the stern, sobering moral tone that you tend to strike more often than not? I give you credit, that is one of your many qualities; you have consistent conviction about things, even when that conviction arises from merely wanting to play opposites. I don’t have those same convictions. I am impulsive. Impetuous. Spontaneous. I also change with time. Time can shape and change opinions, you know. Maybe one day I will like Gordon. Who knows. I think it’s ok to say one thing one year, and say something else the next. Am I jealous sometimes of the Downings of the world who are so morally pure and committed to a set of values, no matter what? Of course. But I am who I am. Chill out, dude.

  80. More belittling. More striking. More painting your perfect portrait of imperfection. That is where you are forever inflexible; the unwavering arrogance of your superiority. I’ll chill the day you climb down, dude.

  81. Nothing can put you to sleep faster than a battle between chill the windbag and the peeping tom.
    peeping tom is not even an IU fan for crying out loud. You cannot be a true “fan” of 2 programs.

  82. You think this is a battle? That was just Chill giving Husky Tom a little trim around the edges. Husky Tom need the barber…The barber need Husky Tom.

  83. So the problem is that I think I am superior, eh? Don’t we all, on some level, think we are better than everyone else? The answer is: of course we do. In fact, if you don’t think you are better than me, Downing, then you don’t belong here amongst the mortals.

    You are really on the rag today. What’s wrong? Here, have one of these.

  84. Chill,

    No need to say you’re sorry. I can be pretty aggravating, I know it. I truly consider that quote my trophy. You know how hard it is to make Tom to admit that Sampson was essentially a good man (minus that he didn’t watch his back, or he had that weakness). Obviously the best quote on the page is your “I blame Sampson” which is genius. You know it, I know it, Tom knows it…

    But to make Tom say what he said about “Kelvin” is such a rarity that I felt I had to risk upsetting you a bit while celebrating the event.

    To finish humorously though since you posted a sound that isn’t very mellifluous in reply to what I wrote (and since you keep telling about yourself that you are an “old timer”) and because it was in reply to a message in which I said you pour your soul (I should have said heart, you will see why) if I had to continue the “free-spirited banter” I’d have to say I found this, for you.

    Just like I think of Clarion as Bob Hammel sometimes I think of you as Victor Borge. I have no representation for Tom (maybe a bald Steve Alford?) and I am, of course, Frank Caliendo. Or not.

    😀

  85. Don’t worry about it.

    No jouissance harm, no mellifluous foul. I have no idea….Just thought it might have a soulful smell.

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