Bassett Raises The Bar

Armon Bassett had it working for Terre Haute (Ind.) South this season. Unfortunately, a great run ended on Saturday courtesy of Greg Oden. Regardless the season was successful enough for Bassett to garner high-major offers.

The defending state champions were just too tough as Lawrence North defeated 6-foot-1 point guard Armon Bassett and Terre Haute South 72-51 Saturday evening. Leading the way for South was Bassett, a senior guard, who scored XX in his final game.

"All in all it was fun," Bassett said. "We made it to the Final Four. They're going to win the state title again. We probably lost to the state champs."

While helped his club to a 22-6 record, Bassett helped himself along the way. At this point in the year, he's garnered high-major offers and that wasn't the case 6 months ago.

"Before the season it was probably mid-majors and Ohio State a little bit," Bassett said of his recruitment. "I really don't know [who hardest now] but there's a whole new brand of schools recruiting me now."

Bassett said he counts offers from Arkansas, Xavier, Nebraska and Southern Illinois. Purdue, Texas Tech and Auburn are showing more interest along the way. However, there might be a catch that prevents him from picking anyone next season.

"I'm not qualified yet and I think in probably about a week or so I might know. It looks like I might go to prep school. I've never really experienced the shoe camp and all that stuff. If I go to prep school I know I can be somewhere up there if not the top [of the rankings]."

In the back of his mind, Bassett feels like he's really come around as a player and wants a chance to see how he stacks up against some of the best in the business and prep school might afford him the chance to do that.

"It's not important but its stuff you can feel good about yourself about. I kind of want to experience [the shoe camps]. Plus, it might help if I don't get a test score and I can work on my body another year."

Either way, he's improved his stock and apparently raised his level of play to the point where high-majors have offered him. "I'm a strong, physical guard. I can get to the rim; distribute the ball and drive and kick. I've got good vision and I can play above the rim."

And if he qualifies this year there will be plenty of people who line up for his signature.

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