Injuries (this time Armon Bassett’s foot) are nothing new for this Hoosier team. Bassett will likely sit out for tomorrow night’s matchup in Ann Arbor and IU will look for someone to fill in the scoring load. It should be a relatively easy transition, considering Jordan Crawford stepped in nicely during Bassett’s three-game suspension in mid-December.
Bassett’s injury (however long it may be) brings up an interesting dilemma, however, because it could pave the way for a teammate to solidfy himself as the team’s third scoring option. Everyone knows the Hoosiers are led by their one-two punch of D.J. White and Eric Gordon- for my money, one of the very best duos in the country. But, as we’ve learned over the past few seasons in college basketball, it’s the deeper squads that win conference championships and advance deep into March.
On any offensive play, IU’s options are 1A. Eric Gordon and 1B. D.J. White. So, here’s my question: Who’s no. 3?
I don’t think it’s relatively obvious because the Hoosiers do have a handful of role players that are very good at a lot of different things. From a pure offensive standpoint, I’d have to say Jordan Crawford is the third best player. His 13.8 points a game shows that.
But if the argument is who’s the Hoosiers’ third most valuable player, I’m picking Jamarcus Ellis. I’ve always enjoyed the way Ellis plays– and how he’s able to affect the game in several areas. This past Tuesday was a perfect example: 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
You could also make an argument for Armon Bassett, pre-injury. Some would say Mike White’s role on this team is invaluable.
I’m interested to read everyone’s thoughts on this issue.