Sampson at the mic

7 comments by   |   Friday, January 4, 2008 - 1:26 pm EDT

Sampson thought Eric Gordon could have been more selfish against Iowa.

“With a kid like E.J., he could drive every time he has the ball,” Sampson said. “Unless you double him.”

Gordon took 12 shots and had 11 free throws. So that’s probably about 17 shots. Sampson would be OK with him taking more.


“You’re lucky when you find one like that.”

That’s Sampson on Jamarcus Ellis.

He has a good feel for the game, Sampson said. Ellis plays like a European, always passing when he runs into traffic and doing everything well. That’s not something you can teach. A player just has to have it.


“The only thing that can disappoint me is lack of effort.”

Sampson said this in reference to Jordan Crawford. He thought Jordan played hard against Iowa, but as a freshman he took time to adjust to the game.


Sampson said that Indiana will probably request a medical redshirt for Eli Holman. He’s not sure of the process for that because he hasn’t had many kids need one.


Sampson just wants A.J. Ratliff to get comfortable. He hasn’t played a game at full-strength since the Ball State game last year. That’s when he originally hurt his wrist, which was wrapped all of last season.


Indiana has played against the 1-3-1 defense that Michigan employs. So they’re not totally unfamiliar with it. But Michigan is longer than any of the other teams that ran it. That will be the obstacle Tuesday.


“An old truck going through a big pot hole with no shocks.”

That’s how Sampson described Armon Bassett hurting himself against Chicago State.

Sampson isn’t sure what Bassett’s status is. Hopes to have him back for the Michigan game.

It may have to be something that has to be cleaned up when the season is over, Sampson said. It’s the same ankle Bassett hurt earlier in the year.


The game at Iowa was Jordan Crawford’s first road game. He missed the Southern Illinois game while on suspension.

He responded well, to Sampson. Played better defense in the second half.

Crawford’s got a good chance to be a great shooter. He’s just not there, says Sampson.


Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson will arrive in a few minutes for his weekly press conference. We’ll have updates then.

Share the Scoop!

Related content: Read more in Men's Basketball
BC transfer Ryan Anderson posts on Twitter that he will visit Indiana
Report: Trevor Thompson commits to Ohio State
Blackmon non-factor at Nike Hoop Summit
Blackmon to play in Nike Hoop Summit Saturday
Blackmon on Indiana All-Star team
Friday, January 4, 2008 - 2:12 PM EDT

Shouldn’t it be “you’re lucky” rather than your lucky?

Friday, January 4, 2008 - 2:40 PM EDT


Friday, January 4, 2008 - 3:04 PM EDT

“Sampson thought Eric Gordon could have been more unselfish against Iowa.”

If Sampson would have been ok with Gordon taking more shots, it would be that Sampson thought Eric Gordon could have been more selfish, or less unselfish. The sentence above (without the additional context of the subsequent sentences) would make it sound like Sampson thought Gordon was being somewhat of a ballhog (too many shots).

Whee! I knew my IU Journalism degree would come in handy one day . . .

#4 Friday, January 4, 2008 - 3:14 PM EDT

Btown and Jim,

Both of you are correct.

Apologize for the errors.

Friday, January 4, 2008 - 3:44 PM EDT

Chris, not a problem as I wasn’t trying to criticize you. Keep up the good work!

Friday, January 4, 2008 - 3:47 PM EDT

Is there any other info on Armon? It seems like Kelvin really likes to hide info on injuries.

#7 Friday, January 4, 2008 - 4:07 PM EDT


He does like to hide info on injuries.

But I think it’s also a case where sometimes he just doesn’t understand the injury and therefore stumbles around the issue instead of addressing it.

Anyway, he’s hopeful that with treatment and rest, Bassett will be ready. It’s apparently a situation where the bone chip will have to cleaned up after the year but won’t both Bassett so much that he can’t play this year.


RSS feed





Today @

Recent comments on The Scoop

  • M. Soccer. Indiana, Butler Play to 1-1 Draw - Despite an 18-9 advantage in shots and 15-2 in corner kicks, the Indiana men's soccer team needed an 85th minute goal from Brad Shaw to come away with a 1-1 tie with the Butler
  • Baseball. O'Conner Walk-Off Hit in 10th Inning Gives Hoosiers 1-0 Victory - The Indiana Hoosiers returned to their winning ways on Wednesday night at Bart Kaufman Field, using a walk-off RBI single by Tim O'Conner in the bottom of the 10th inning for the
  • Black Key Bulls, Teter capture Spring Series - Black Key Bulls and Teter captured the men’s and women’s white jerseys, respectively in dominating fashion Saturday, winning in Team Pursuit. In the men’s finals, Black Key
  • Team Pursuit Standings - SPRING SERIES UPDATED: Black Key Bulls clinched the Spring Series title with their time and will wear the white jersey on race day. With the final Spring Series event, Team
  • Derby Fest video interviews: Johnson, Hoetzel - Earlier today Indiana signees Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel arrived in Louisville to
  • 6-10 forward says he's going to visit Indiana - Indiana is looking at another frontcourt option for its 2014 class. A 6-foot-10 power forward today told
  • Video: Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel talk IU futures at Derby Festival Basketball Classic practice -

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Future Indiana teammates Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel are just two hours south of Bloomington this week as participants in the 2014 Derby Festival

  • An early look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten -

    With the spring signing period underway and several key NBA Draft decisions out of the way, it’s time for our first look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the

  • Indiana expresses interest in Cal decommit - Indiana has expressed interest in California decommit Idrissa Diallo. The big man would help the Hoosiers next
  • VIDEO: A glimpse at offseason workouts - In this video from IU Athletics, Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea are building strength in the weight
  • Early Peek: College World Series
  • Indiana's Spring Football Game 2014