Going to the League (The D-version)

Two members of the infamous Kelvin Sampson All-Stars have seen their basketball careers take another step.

DeAndre Thomas and Armon Bassett were both selected in today’s NBDL Draft, both in the eighth round.

Thomas went to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, while Bassett was selected by the Maine Red Claws.

If the comments do not devolve into a series of jokes about Bassett living in Maine, I will be disappointed in all of you.

Side notes: Robert Vaden went in the first round, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. And Luke Zeller, oldest brother of Cody, went in the second round to the Iowa Energy.


  1. No one cares about them the only thing that matters is CODY ZELLERRRRRRRR. I know hanner is a GREAT GREAT get but cody will bring back IU to what IU basketball is known for!

  2. This is interesting, actually.

    I can’t believe Thomas is getting any kind of shot anywhere. Other than a spin move that always made Shon Morris bust out a Gus Johnson-esque laugh before he got rejected by a guy standing flat-footed, he brought very little to the table.

    Bassett, however, is extremely talented, if he ever gets his head right he could really get somewhere. A big if, for sure. In my eyes, he was a better college player than Vaden, who was a volume shooter at the college level. Never really a good sign. (Did hit the big shot against SDSU though.)

    And, IU Future, I have to ask, do you ever worry that you’re placing way too much pressure/expectations on one player? I wonder about that with all the obsession lately. I’m just curious. Cody would obviously be a big piece to the puzzle, but still.

  3. IU Future

    You mean “white” right?
    Hanner is an amazing athlete. Yes Cody is very tall and can play basketball, but Hanner is amazing. How can you dismiss such a great athlete because he’s not what? “what Indiana basketball is known for.” Unathletic white guys who can shoot. And people say racism is going away…right.

  4. Wow…..dude, there was nothing racist about his comments. What he is talking about is IU winning with home-grown players, as we have done for many generations. Some have been white (Alford, Bailey) some have been black (Cheaney, Jeffries,Gordon) but the bottom line is all we care about is if they wear cream n crimson. There’s just something a little more special about winning with one of our own leading the charge. We Hoosiers take great pride in our basketball tradition, and it shows in the way in-state talent is treated. I’m thinking that since you looked that deep into his comments to find what you wanted to see, that you are the only racist here.

  5. Geez, jrig, the last thing I thought I’d ever hear somebody say about DeAndre is that “he brought very little to the table.”

  6. IU and its fans gave these guys a chance. They were too stupid to take advantage of it. They preferred to skip class and do drugs. If I never hear of them again it’s okay with me.

  7. Its too bad they couldnt have both went to the same team, and maybe they could have called Jamarcus Ellis and talked the coach into letting him walk on. They could have smoked dope and drank all day and then went and played for the team that night. Maybe even got the coach fired or something!

  8. Of Course, your comments are patently absurd.

    I grew up in Evansville, one year ahead of Calbert Cheaney in school, and knew him a bit then through mutual friends. He is still, by far, and barring the arrival of an astounding combination of Jesus and Michael Jordan on the Hoosier squad, my all-time favorite Indiana player, in any sport.

    I do not believe that my opinion is different in any substantial way from the large majority of other IU fans. We like white and black players, and players of any other race, who represent the university and state well, do the best they can with their talent and become good citizens.

  9. I always wondered what Coach ever saw in DeAndre. Remember that whole summer he ran with him at 6 am and I forgot how much weight he lost?

  10. The last time I saw Luke Recker was in a D League game. He was no better than his sophomore year in college.

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