Bassett’s a Bobcat

Armon Bassett has enrolled at Ohio University, according to a Friday news release from this Mid-American Conference school in Athens, Ohio that’s been home to so many great athletes, scholars and future sports writers.

Here’s the news release from Ohio:

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University head men’s basketball coach John Groce announced on Friday that guard Armon Bassett has enrolled at the University for the winter quarter and will begin competing for the Bobcats at the conclusion of the 2009 fall quarter.

A third-team All-Big Ten selection last season after leading the conference with a 45.4 three-point field goal percentage, Bassett (Terre Haute, Ind.) spent the first two years of his career at Indiana University. In 61-career games for the Hoosiers, he averaged 10.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc. He finished his tenure in the cream and crimson with career highs of 25 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, which he reached on two occasions.

Bassett also helped lead IU to the NCAA Tournament in each of his two seasons in Bloomington, scoring 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while also dealing out seven assists, in a first-round loss to Arkansas in the 2008 edition of the tournament.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Armon Bassett into the Ohio basketball family,” Groce said. “I’ve been close with Armon and his family for a number of years, and I’m confident that he’ll be a great addition to the program, both on and off the court. This is an exciting day for Armon and Ohio basketball, and we all look forward to helping him reach his goals over the next few years.”

Prior to his time at Indiana, Bassett was a prep standout at Hargrave Military Academy, where he earned a four-star rating from Scout.com and three-star billing from Rivals.com after averaging 24 points, six rebounds and six assists per game for a Hargrave team that ranked second nationally among prep schools. Bassett also averaged 22.5 points, six rebounds and six assists per outing as a senior at Terre Haute South Vigo High School in 2005, garnering a McDonald’s All-America nomination, as well as a spot on the 2005 Indiana All-Star Team. A three-time all-conference selection, Bassett was also named to the Indiana Junior All-Star Team in 2004.

The Bobcats will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they host Bucknell in a contest scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Ohio is 1-0 all-time against the Bison, and owns a 9-4 all-time edge over teams from the Patriot League. Pregame coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on the Citizens Bank Ohio ISP Sports Network.

9 comments

  1. no hard feelings here at all. I wish Bassett all of the luck in the world! Don’t know exactly why but I find it hard to hate on this kid at all. Again, I wish you well!

  2. can we be done with failed IU players now? and focus on the kids we have playing hard for us now? please spend all your efforts and time on stories about our IU kids.

  3. i’d like more updates on last year’s players. it’s not that i’m pulling for them. in fact, i revel in their obscurity

  4. • Mark—-January 3rd, 2009 at 11:39 am |
    Armon who?

    agree with you Mark….never heard of the guy…oh wait a minute. was this the guy that helped destroy the IU BB program?

  5. Bob, this is a kid that verballed to Davis and was courted hard by Cinci and other programs as Sampson was coming. After struggling with a decision, he decided to come and play for IU. He did not sell out and kept his word! He played his heart out on the court and things did not work out. He did not embarrass IU on the court and always played hard unlike a few other kids last year. Just my thoughts.

  6. Basset is the only player besides DJ White that did not quit on the team last year! He had arguably his best two performances of the season under Dakich.

    He will be missed at IU

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