Bloomington, Ind. - Kelvin Sampson has already signed one player during this spring's signing period, and he'll be welcoming another prep to Bloomington Friday morning in an effort to convince him IU is where he needs to be.
That person, though, isn't someone new to IU fans – it's fall signee Armon Bassett, who is returning to Indiana for Easter weekend. Bassett said he will be coming to Bloomington Friday morning to meet with Sampson and talk about whether he will in fact be playing for the Hoosiers next season.
Bassett admits he has some concerns.
"I want to see what kind of system he plans to run," Bassett said. "I don't think what he ran at Oklahoma fits me well, but I'm sure he'll put in some new sets at Indiana. That's what I'll be looking at – his style of play."
Bassett, meanwhile, has been doing some research of his own on Sampson. He said he's spoken with three or four of Sampson's former players to get a feel for what he's like to play for, and he's heard some solid endorsements.
"One thing they told me is Coach Sampson will adjust to his players," Bassett said. "If a guard can score a lot I think he's going to put some things in to make his guards a bigger part of the team."
If Bassett does wind up in Bloomington, he'll be one of two point guards on the roster along with Earl Calloway. Bassett thinks that will give him a good opportunity to work his way into the rotation.
"I think (Sampson) wants to play two guards that can break people down at the same time," Bassett said. "With Earl being the only ball handler coming back, it's going to be just me and Earl as the primary ball handlers. I think we'll have to be interchangeable."
On a personnel level, Sampson has already made an impression on the Bassett family. While Armon was still out east at Hargrave Military Academy, the new IU coach met with his family in Terre Haute.
"Coach Sampson had a meeting last week with four of my family members, including my mom and my uncle, and they really liked him," Bassett said. "But at the end of the day it's just going to be me and if I feel comfortable in the situation and with Coach Sampson and his coaching staff."
A final decision from Bassett figures to come soon after Friday morning's meeting. The 6-2, 180-pound guard hasn't asked for a release from his IU letter of intent yet, and if he intends to go that route he knows he needs to do it sooner rather than later.
"I'm going to talk to him and probably have some sort of decision this weekend," Bassett said. "I just need a couple of days to sleep on it because it's only fair to tell him soon because if I do decide to go another way he needs to know so he can go recruit another guard. Either way, I'm going to decide this weekend."
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