Since Thad Matta's staff has taken over at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have already seen a ton of activity on their own homefront. As they mostly have Indiana roots, it makes sense they have tapped into the resources in the Hoosier state to pluck a prospect or two to Columbus.
Armon Bassett could be the latest.
Bassett, a 6-1 175-pound guard from Terre Haute (IN) South High School, has emerged as the latest in many Indiana prospects that Ohio State has interest in. The list already includes JUCO signee Sylvester Mayes and 2006 prospects Mike Conley, Greg Oden, and Luke Harangody, among others.
Reportedly, Ohio State had offered Bassett a scholarship. Basset talks about that.
"It's not necessarily that clear, but I think they offered back in the summer," Bassett said. "They are definitely recruiting me now."
Right now, college lists won't matter too much until later since Bassett, who is a high school senior, is expecting to go to prep school for a year to work on his grades.
"I'll decide within the next week what I'm going to do," Bassett explained. "I guess it's pretty much for sure that I'm going to prep school, but I still have to talk it over with my family."
With prep school likely being a destination, that gives recruiters plenty of time to work on Bassett. Bassett plays for the Indiana Elite AAU team, which is coached by Travis Steele-- the brother of Ohio State assistant coach, John Groce.
Ohio State is one of several programs involved.
"I'm looking at Arkansas, Ohio State, Xavier, Purdue, New Mexico, Texas Tech somewhat, Auburn, and Southern Illinois," Bassett said. "Right now I'm open to everyone though since my recruitment is really getting kind of a late start."
Bassett's season came to a conclusion on Saturday, as Lawrence North defeated Terre Haute South, 71-52.
Greg Oden was too much to handle for South as he scored 20 points for Lawrence North, and Conley added 17. Still, Bassett, who added 29 points in the losing effort, was happy with his season.
"Well, I played good this year I think," Bassett concluded. "I was bothered by a groin injury so I kind of got a late start, but the second part of the season, I had about 27 or 27 points a game."
"We had a real nice season getting to the semistate and losing in the final four to Oden's team," he added.
The game was a showcase of sorts, for Bassett. He collided head-on with Conley and scored 29 in doing so, as he impressed all who watched him in the Class 4A semistates in Indiana.
The next step is to decide if and where he's going to prep school.
"I will sort all of that out real soon, but I just want to work hard and go from there," Bassett said.
Bucknuts will continue to monitor this emerging Indiana prospect for what's likely to be the class of 2006 recruiting class.