Armon Bassett is headed home. The Indiana native is spending a prep season at the powerful Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and after making a verbal commitment to Missouri, he reconsidered his plan. Now he's headed home is looking forward to lacing them up at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.
Bassett, a native of Terra Haute, made a pledge to Misssouri before leaving for prep school and back in September he decided to quietly open things up. That's when the Hoosiers stepped in and made their pitch. After unofficially visiting the Big Ten program over the weekend, Bassett knew he was ready to come home.
"I'm going to Indiana," a beaming Bassett said on Thursday night. "It means a lot. When you think of big time basketball, you think about Duke, Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana. The Hoosiers have always been in that class. I'm ready to help bring them back to that.
"You want to be a part of something like that where you can help turn things around. I want to be there to make it like the old IU."
Bassett is fine tuning his skills this season on one of the best prep school teams in the country at Hargrave Military. More importantly, he's preparing for the position he'll play in the Big Ten.
"Coach said he plans on using me as just a point guard and I'm pretty excited about that," Bassett said. "They've added some NBA pick and roll kind of plays and coach (Kevin) Keatts is helping me with that at Hargrave. I feel like I should be ready to step in right away after here."
Playing against Oak Hill in a scrimmage earlier in the week, Bassett said he scored 25 points, dished out seven assists and pulled down five rebounds in 60 minutes of play against the high school power.
The 6-foot-1 guard is currently rated as the No. 103 prospect in the country by Rivals.com.