After seven games, the Dayton, Ohio standout is averaging approximately 20 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds as a junior for Chaminade Julienne.
Although technically with a below .500 record, C-J's 3-4 start is a little misleading: Playing in the GCL, one of Ohio's best conferences, means playing a very difficult opponent each night. Bass is optimist C-J will have a great season and make a strong run in the state tournament. Bass said, "We should be pretty good. We have three players back from varsity last year. I want to help the younger players so they can take a leadership role." Last year, C-J reached the Sweet 16 before falling to GCL rival Alter.
The 163 pound, 5'11" Bass says his game is comparable to NBA stars LeBron James and Chris Paul. Bass explains, "I have a west coast game. A lot of running and play above the rim. I try to take as much game from LeBron and Chris Paul, so I am a combo of them." With his 47.5 inch vertical leap, Bass can actually get his head above the backboard square.
Bass is working on becoming more of a point guard than a scoring guard. Bass stated, "Growing up I always had to score. Now I want to distribute the ball and play defense."
Over the summer, Bass played with numerous AAU teams. Bass said he ended up playing with Team Parkside out of Dayton at nationals and helped the team finish 7th.
Next year he will likely play for the D-1 Greyhounds. The Greyhounds are the same AAU organization the produced O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker. He also intends to travel overseas and attend the Adidas basketball camp in Holland.
Over the past year, the interest from schools has picked up. Bass said the schools interested in him are "Miami, Wright State, Loyola of Chicago, Penn State, Oakland Cincinnati, Western Carolina, Ohio University, and Kentucky." Of those, Wright State, Western Carolina, and Ohio have offered a scholarship.
Even though Miami has not offered at this point, Bass said Miami is his current leader because of relationships with future and past RedHawk players. "I know a lot of players going there. (Miami class of 2009 signees) Orlando Williams and Allen Roberts, I talk to them once or twice a week." Bass explained, "(Former C-J grad) Nathan Peavy says (Miami Head Coach) Charlie Coles is a good coach and will help me get to the next level and be the player I want to be. I talk to Peavy two or three times a month." Bass listens when Peavy or anyone else talks. "I like to listen to as many people as possible."
Nate Peavy would know what it takes to make it as a professional. He is currently making a nice living playing for Paderborn Baskets and currently averaging 20.8 points per game. Many former Miami players who played for Charlie Coles are still playing professionally including Ira Newble and Wally Szczerbiak of the NBA. Some others currently playing professionally around the world are Kevin Beard, Devin Davis, Chet Mason, Danny Horace, and William Hatcher.
Bass has yet to take a visit; however, he intends to visit Miami soon. He will also visit Kentucky in the spring and Penn State during the summer.
Like most GCL products, Bass is a good student. He maintains a G.P.A. of 3.2. He has not taken the ACT yet.
In college, he is interested in majoring in Industrial Engineering. When asked why that major, Bass stated, "I went to a camp at Purdue University (for science and engineering). I am pretty good at math and science. That is where most of the jobs are nowadays."
Bass said he will make a decision this summer. The school he chooses "has to have an engineering program." In addition, Bass wants to go to a school where he "will be able to help the team as soon as possible."
In his free time, Bass likes to play with young kids and build model cars. Before his grandfather passed away, the two of them would build model cars every weekend. Bass also likes tattoos and clowns. Although he does not have a tattoo yet, he plans on getting one this summer of a clown playing basketball.
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