Luke Winn checks in on the Hoosiers

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Is “College Basketball Blog” really all SI could come up with? Really?

Nothing new here, although Sampson’s take on Bassett surprised me a bit. Bassett didn’t appear to be doing anything differently than he did last year, save for playing defense with more tenacity.

Although I though Bassett was, at times, fairly brilliant last season and certainly one of the top five freshmen in the conference during a year that also saw skilled players such as Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. stop by for a quick stay.

Bassett, of course is a year older and should be more comfortable. And this new team — built to push the ball up floor and into the paint — may suit his strengths better.

Thoughts on the point guard position this year? It certainly was an adventure with Earl Calloway trying to adjust to Sampson last season; my early instinct is that it will once again be a major story line for this team despite the fact that there appears to be a few players capable of handling the duty.

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  1. The Luke Winn blog tags Bassett as the “biggest surprise” of IU’s trip to the Bahamas. I’d be surprised by that assessment except that Winn, as an outsider, knows little about this Hoosier team. Armon, as a freshman in the difficult role of shifting between the point and shooting guard, performed very well last season. He’s an excellent basketball player, and the progress he made at the point in his first college season indicates he’ll be highly efficient at that position.

    Sampson’s praise of Bassett’s play in the Bahamas is the only real meaningful assessment of the sophomore’s development.

    With DJ and Eric providing perhaps the best one-two offensive punch in the Big Ten, and one of the best in the country, Bassett and Ellis — he of the exceptional all-round ability — are primed to combine for an effecitive one-two attack at the point.

    I believe , along with important contributions from various other sources, it’lll all add up to a potent IU offense and pave the way to an outstanding season for Kelvin’s Hoosiers.

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