Bloomington – Former Indiana guard Armon Bassett has found a new home.
HoosierNation.com sources have indicated that the 6-1 guard from Terre Haute has decided to transfer to UAB where he'll play for the coach who originally recruited him to IU, Mike Davis. Bassett will have to sit out the 2008-09 season before having two years of eligibility remaining.
Bassett visited the Blazer program approximately two weeks ago, but didn't make his decision official until today. He also visited Arkansas, among others.
Bassett was Indiana's third-leading scorer this past season, averaging 11.4 points to go along with 2.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He also shot a team-best 45.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc, knocking down 69-of-152 attempts. But he was dismissed from the team shortly after the season's conclusion by then-interim head coach Dan Dakich, and that dismissal was upheld by Tom Crean.
He is one of six players who were either dismissed or decided to leave the IU program with eligibility remaining. Jamarcus Ellis was kicked off the team at the same time as Bassett, while DeAndre Thomas and Brandon McGee were removed approximately one month later. Eli Holman and Jordan Crawford, meanwhile, opted to leave the program at their own initiation.
The former Terre Haute South guard will be a part of a big influx of talent for Davis' team in 2009. He'll gain his eligibility at the same time that top-10 2009 big man DeMarcus Cousins will arrive on campus.
Davis has had plenty of success at UAB attracting top-flight transfers to his Conference USA program. His 2007-08 squad was led by a trio of transfers, Robert Vaden, Walter Sharpe and Channing Toney.
A former IU player for Davis, Vaden averaged 21.1 points per game last season and has one year of eligibility remaining. Sharpe, meanwhile, transferred from Mississippi State and averaged 14.2 points in the season's first 12 games before being ruled academically ineligible for the second semester. But when Sharpe departed, Toney gained his eligibility and the former Georgia player averaged 10.5 points in the final 18 games of the season.
It's Official - Bassett Will Be a Blazer
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