Armon Bassett looks to embrace leadership role

  • 08/14/2007 6:00 am in

Armon BassettArmon Bassett showed early on last season that he was a force to be reckoned with as he marched into Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 28th and scored a then-career-high 16 points.

He finished the season fourth on the Hoosiers in scoring at 9.5 points per game and second in assists with 3.0 per game.

Now a sophomore, Bassett will be called upon to take over the point guard duties for the departed Earl Calloway.

Inside the Hall caught up with the Terre Haute native after the Barnstorming Tour stop at New Albany. We got the scoop on what he’s been working on over the summer, what Calloway taught him last season, the incoming recruiting class and his expectations for the upcoming season.

On what he’s been working on over the summer:
“I’ve been in the weight room a lot. I’ve been working on my vocal leadership skills because my primary position is going to be point guard this year. I’m just trying to embrace that role and prove people wrong and show them I can be one of the best point guards in the country.”

On what Earl Calloway taught him last season as a freshman:
“Earl was more like a big brother to me. Earl’s a true point guard, he ran the team and if I could take something from him, I’d emulate how he ran the team.”

On the incoming class:
“Coach Sampson brought some good players in. All I could probably say is if I could sum it up is versatile and real talented. We got six really good basketball players and I think they can play anywhere on the basketball court.”

On the expectations for the upcoming season:
“I wanna cut down the nets. We’ve got a good enough chance when March comes that we should be right there at the end of the tournament playing.”

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  • Jack Schneider

    Go get ’em, Armon. I believe you’ve got what it takes to be one of the best. This team has the talent it needs to go a long way — even to hang a sixth championship banner in The Hall. It’s up to you to provide the leadership. You can do it. We’re counting on you.

  • Jack Schneider

    Go get ’em, Armon. I believe you’ve got what it takes to be one of the best. This team has the talent it needs to go a long way — even to hang a sixth championship banner in The Hall. It’s up to you to provide the leadership. You can do it. We’re counting on you.

  • John Clodfelter

    If Armon can provide us with good point play watch out. We will be loaded at other positions. I like his enthusiasm and optomism. Go Armon!!

  • John Clodfelter

    If Armon can provide us with good point play watch out. We will be loaded at other positions. I like his enthusiasm and optomism. Go Armon!!

  • John Clodfelter

    If Armon can provide us with good point play watch out. We will be loaded at other positions. I like his enthusiasm and optomism. Go Armon!!

  • John Clodfelter

    If Armon can provide us with good point play watch out. We will be loaded at other positions. I like his enthusiasm and optomism. Go Armon!!

  • If Armon can provide us with good point play watch out. We will be loaded at other positions. I like his enthusiasm and optomism. Go Armon!!

  • Zach

    Loving that final quote.

    I was very pleased with Armon in his freshman year. He wasn’t afraid to go inside with the ball, and I love seeing that from my guards. It’ll be fun to watch him to continue to develop under Sampson.

  • Zach

    Loving that final quote.

    I was very pleased with Armon in his freshman year. He wasn’t afraid to go inside with the ball, and I love seeing that from my guards. It’ll be fun to watch him to continue to develop under Sampson.

  • Gary

    Do you realize that at BEST Armon is our 3rd best player? That is EXCITING!!! AB is a first option on a lot of teams! Damn I’m looking forward to this season!

  • Gary

    Do you realize that at BEST Armon is our 3rd best player? That is EXCITING!!! AB is a first option on a lot of teams! Damn I’m looking forward to this season!

  • Gary

    Do you realize that at BEST Armon is our 3rd best player? That is EXCITING!!! AB is a first option on a lot of teams! Damn I’m looking forward to this season!

  • Gary

    Do you realize that at BEST Armon is our 3rd best player? That is EXCITING!!! AB is a first option on a lot of teams! Damn I’m looking forward to this season!

  • EJFan

    Armon is a great player but not the 3rd best player. Eric Gordon is clearly first thats not even debatable. After him comes DJ, Ellis, and Crawford. After that really doesnt matter. Bassett is exceptional though.

  • EJFan

    Armon is a great player but not the 3rd best player. Eric Gordon is clearly first thats not even debatable. After him comes DJ, Ellis, and Crawford. After that really doesnt matter. Bassett is exceptional though.