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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