Bassett and Ellis: “Status unchanged”


Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis are still on Indiana’s basketball team, but have had discussions recently about leaving IU.

Following a report Sunday night that Bassett and Ellis may transfer from Indiana, basketball spokesman J.D. Campbell indicated Monday morning that any conversations with the players about their future at IU are still ongoing.

“I don’t think they have finished end of season meetings yet so status unchanged,” Campbell said in a text message.

Henry Wofford of WTHR Channel 13 news reported Sunday night that Bassett and Ellis, according to sources, would be leaving IU’s program, but former IU basketball player A.J. Ratliff on the same broadcast disagreed with that report saying the two players have been thinking about transferring, but they still want to stay at Indiana.

“They are to meet with the coaches and staff because they were talking about transferring,” said Ratliff, who left IU’s team in mid-season for undisclosed personal problems and is now working as a basketball analyst for WTHR.

“They told me they were kind of skeptical about the coaching change and thinking about leaving,” Ratliff said. “But going to meet with the coaching staff (today) and get everything situated. But they do want to stay at Indiana.”

We will keep you updated with any further news about this situation.

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  • BacktoBasics #1


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:59 AM EDT

    Chris & Doug are doing a great job of following the developments at IU! Keep up the good work. Question? What are your e-mail addresses? Got a tip for you.

  • Doug #2


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:09 AM EDT

    Thanks. Our e-mail address are [email protected] and [email protected]

  • Steve O #3


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:38 AM EDT

    are we gonna have enough players to fill a roster if ellis, bassett, crawford, etc take off? if so, we are in alot more trouble than i thought in the upcoming years.

  • Travis #4


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:44 AM EDT

    Whatever, let them leave. If they don’t want to play for IU, then we don’t need them. Bring in kids who want to play. Ellis is nothing but a lazy streetballer.

  • bhss73 #5


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:49 AM EDT

    Whatever, let them leave. If they don’t want to play for IU, then we don’t need them. Bring in kids who want to play. Ellis is nothing but a lazy streetballer.

    Exactly.. leave Ellis, your a stench on the program.

  • Jared #6


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 11:08 AM EDT

    Travis and bhss73, you’re both idiots…congrats. Ellis was very good all the way up until the Sampson debacle. He stuffed the stat sheet and didn’t do anything that would make me want to call him a streetballer, and definitely not lazy. If we get a new coach that can sell him and Bassett on staying then they will both be good players next year. Just because he slacked off when Dakich took over doesn’t mean he is a stench on the program.

  • Steve O #7


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 11:19 AM EDT

    Thank you Jared… How can you say Ellis was the “stench of the program”????? I’d say Sampson holds that title first of all.

    Ellis is a great all around player. He was 2nd on the team in rebounds, and tops in assists i believe. And when he had to score, at times during the season, it seemed he did so at will. He just wasn’t asked to do it alot because DJ and EJ carried most of the scoring load. Sometimes his attitude was off, but when you have a coach who doesnt discipline the players, thats what happens.

  • Heinz #8


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 11:39 AM EDT

    I think this blog reports more facts than the IDS basketblog! THANKS GUYS!

  • Juan Blanco #9


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 11:50 AM EDT

    Let them leave? I’m sick of all these idiots thinking IU is up on some pedistal when it comes to the rest of the nation. We are truely in a struggle right now. We have no stability anywhere in the major programs. We can’t afford a top tier coach, and the younger coaches are scared sh!tless of all you your “high and mighty IU” attitudes. All of you better be thankful if we even make the tourney next year. Let them leave… You should be kissing their a$$es so they will stay in this mess of a program that Rick Greenspan has created….

  • ww #10


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 12:27 PM EDT

    Me thinks you are tired of it all Juan. Wonder how many more are also? It does seem to be a downer right now. This new coach stuff keeps it interesting tho. I realize there is a strange protocol to contact coaches, especially since the Dance music is still playing, but I sense more damage from a refusal right out of the gate.

    Ellis was an effective first year player. Also understand why some are upset with his end of year behavior. Forgiveness is divine. Hope they both stay.

    Agree with claps to HT staff!

  • Michael Noveck #11


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 12:31 PM EDT

    Anyone who thinks Ellis is lazy or a streetballer, explain to me what’s “lazy” or “streetball” about being the #4 rebounder in the conference, especially when your own teammate is #1? Only Illinois and Michigan State (and IU w/DJ) had better rebounders than Ellis in the conference this year. And oh yeah, Jamarcus is listed as 6’5″. Pruitt and Zuton? 6’10″. Get off it, seriously. You sound either racist or completely devoid of basketball knowledge. Take your pick.

  • ww #12


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 12:38 PM EDT

    maybe he is bit upset at Jamar’s behavior towards DD, near the end of the season. The typical viewer from the sidelines does not know the entire story, but you sure don’t see that stuff in the Sweet 16.

    I agree tho, lazy and streetball are misnomers.

  • Zak #13


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 12:52 PM EDT

    To me, Ratliff’s comments come off as really contradictory.

    At one point, he is saying that Ellis and Armon are talking about transferring. Then there’s the report from WTHR that says they are transferring. Then later in the article that “they do want to stay at Indiana.”

    This comes to a huge surprise to me because it was Jamarcus Ellis who, after the season ended so abruptly, said he was excited to find out who the new coach is and ready to go to work. So, then a week or so later there’s reports that he’s transferring before Indiana has their next head man?

  • ww #14


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:07 PM EDT

    Zak, we are now watching the inaugural season of What do you Believe? It comes on after .. As The World Turns.

    Any latest words from DD? Is he still in contact with the kids? Maybe advising them in the interim? or is he the lame duck coach? I wonder if Bassett and Ellis simply wanted to express that like everyone else … they would like to keep their options open ended.

  • Zak #15


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:21 PM EDT

    WW,

    Sounds about right.

    Apparently, Dakich is going about his business until someone else informs him otherwise. I’ve read that he’s still coming to Assembly Hall everyday.

    Looks like we’ll have a whirlwind of a few days.

  • Juan Blanco #16


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:24 PM EDT

    WW, I think I need to just get a life. One shouldn’t lose sleep over this silliness…

  • Juan Blanco #17


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:26 PM EDT

    On a different note, is there any word on how full pads practice went for the football team?

  • ww #18


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:38 PM EDT

    how about………James Hardy came back for another year. Kellen Lewis ran the first team and they won a mini scrimmage 88-0.

    What do you Believe? or early April Fools. Sorry, I could not resist.

    Juan, do not lose sleep. Like Zak says … It is a whirlwind. Sit back and wait for the silly whirlwind to end.

  • bhss73 #19


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:40 PM EDT

    You sound either racist or completely devoid of basketball knowledge. Take your pick.

    How in the world does the race card get thrown in? The guy get suspended, plays at the end of the season when the biggest tournament in the nation is on, and basically mails it in because his cheating coach got fired? They play for the name on the front, not the name on the back. If he doesnt understand that concept, then perhaps there is a school that wouldnt mind his lack of effort when the mood suits him.

  • Juan Blanco #20


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:44 PM EDT

    Well, thats a lot better than I expected! I will sleep like a baby tonight..

  • Juan Blanco #21


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:54 PM EDT

    80% of Hoosier nation packed it in… You can’t just single out 19 year old kids and tell them to get out of town. Especially kids with that much talent. Just like a broken home with unstable parents my friend. Indiana University is the problem right now. Not our players…

  • Juan Blanco #22


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:55 PM EDT

    Oh, and the name on the front of the jersey is the one surrounded in controversy right now… The kids have nothing to do with it.

  • Pearl #23


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:01 PM EDT

    well said juan

  • Steve O #24


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:11 PM EDT

    Anyone see the article on insidethehall about Anthony Grant? Sounds like a great candidate.

    It seems like some people are saying we need a guy who can recruit and is proven and has won tourney games, etc… And at the time, the same people are saying we need someone young and fresh… Well sorry to break the news, but there arent many good young coaches who have proven they can recruit and win tourney games.

    Anthony Grant and Sean Miller come to mind though… I would say Bennett, but we already know the deal with him, and he hasn’t really proven the recruiting part yet.

  • Pearl #25


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:14 PM EDT

    i know ive been on my bruce p. soapbox for weeks. but i read a post on rivals that said pearl quoted iu as his dream job on dan patrick show this morning. cant confirm it but there is a lead to trace if anyone can find it im interested

  • Michael Noveck #26


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:14 PM EDT

    Even if we could confirm Jamarcus mailed it in against Arkansas it doesn’t erase his strong effort and output this season when he was on the court. It’s unbelievable, the temerity you have to to call a player a “streetballer” or “lazy” when said player has nose for finding the ball and getting it where it should be.

    Jamarcus clearly has solid fundamentals (read: rebound, create TOs on defense, pass and shoot). The only way I could rationalize those dirty, undeserving accusations is if they came from someone who knew nothing about basketball or someone with something against a black kid from Chicago. Like I said, I’m not going to venture to take a guess as to which it is, so take your pick.

  • Jim #27


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:19 PM EDT

    I was waiting to read some idotic comment about how the Hoosiers would be better off with out two of our most consistent performers…at least the talk on this board has stayed toward Ellis (who is a hell of a player) and away from Bassett. I think the first item on the new coaches “to do” list should be keeping Armon in Bloomington. Outside of DJ he was far and away the best we had and has been vastly underrated as a player for the past two years.

  • perry #28


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:21 PM EDT

    Eddie Sutton said that he would crawl on his belly, from Arkansas, for the job at U.K.. He got the job and before he could crawl on his belly he was talking with a certain pro team about his options.

    Juan is right I.U. needs personnel with heart. I.U. needs an administration that sticks with their people through thick and thin. I.U. needs a coach and players who LOVE I.U. Basketball.

    It is time to deeply research how U.K. went from Sutton to Pitino. How did that program go from ashes to phoenix? You can’t step in the same river twice but at least we may discern a pattern. If there isn’t some serious intelligence put behind this issue then the year 2008 will be known as the year of sub-prime loans and I.U.Basketball.

  • Dick #29


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:35 PM EDT

    Perry is right. IU needs a coach and players who play with Heart! Heart was obviously lacking this season. We had good kids playing this year..
    they just didn/t have any heart!

  • Scott #30


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:36 PM EDT

    I think we have a bunch of thugs on this team right now and whatever coach we get will have to clean house.

  • Juan Blanco #31


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:47 PM EDT

    I think we have a few narrow minded idiots posting on this blog. Have any of you been to the big city? Yeah, there’s runnin water and warshin machines…
    I’m surprised you even know how to use a computer..
    Just because someone is from Chicago and has tattoo’s doesn’t make them Shug Night…. Or should I say Al Capone so your ancient brain can comprehend?

  • ww #32


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:53 PM EDT

    Juan Juan………you’re not going to sleep tonight! Now Now

  • I-man #33


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:39 PM EDT

    “I think we have a few narrow minded idiots posting on this blog. Have any of you been to the big city? Yeah, there’s runnin water and warshin machines…
    I’m surprised you even know how to use a computer..
    Just because someone is from Chicago and has tattoo’s doesn’t make them Shug Night…. Or should I say Al Capone so your ancient brain can comprehend?”

    As a former minority student-athlete and I-Man at IU, from Chicago, I thank you for that statement.

  • Steve O #34


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:45 PM EDT

    I agree with Juan. What about Knight or Isiah Thomas? Knight has had a few brushes with the law, and Thomas was just convicted of sexual harassment… I guess they are thugs too.

    What makes Ellis a thug Scott? The fact that he’s black and has tattoos? And sometimes in the heat of the game gets angry? Get real bro. You must have never competed in sports.

  • Walt #35


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:06 PM EDT

    I also get tired of these idoits that want to bash the people that are in the arena “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again… who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Teddy Rooselvelt.

    Let’s all remember that these kids get out in front of 17,000 people and national TV and put themselves, with all their flaws, on the line for our entertainment. I do pitty those cold timid souls that feel the need to bash these kids.

  • ww #36


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:15 PM EDT

    That is the bottom line of these blogs. Anonymity allows angry folks to make sometimes unsupported comments. Unsupported and ignorant at times. Opinions are one thing. Trash talk is ignorant.

  • Mark K #37


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:19 PM EDT

    I sure hope Bassett and Ellis remain and am a bit surprised when others see them as lazy or lacking heart. We need them next year to help anchor a decent team and help get some recruits. Gotta admit though, I am a bit puzzled why they got suspended and not a word from the coach or AD as to why?

    I say clean house starting with Greenspan and maybe name Dakich as the AD, then land a top tier coach even if it requires multi-millions. I wonder if the anonymous donors who paid the $500K to buy out Sampson are deep-pocketed enough to ante up a lot more?

    What about Mark Cuban? I wonder how he feels about supporting IU basketball?

  • Walt #38


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:25 PM EDT

    Mark K..Check out Mark Cuban’s blog. He tells why he will not give big bucks to IU there. It basically is that he does not believe in the NCAA and the way they handle to “student athelete” rules.

  • bhss73 #39


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:37 PM EDT

    At ANY point did I mention that he had tattoo’s? What I am angry is that when he “gave it his all” before 17,000 people, he was doing so in games that IU coasted to.. Yet, when the rubber met the road in the B10 tournament and the NCAA tournament, the one that everyone remembers who the national champs are, the one who the banners hang in AH in honor of, the glory of winning one for your school, Ellis and Gordon were absent… If you want a guy who plays hard when he feels like it and then mails it in the rest of the time, then Ellis and Gordon are your guys. They did real well at the end of the season didnt they… oh boo hoo… they lost their coach….

  • Michael Noveck #40


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:15 PM EDT

    You just sound sad and bitter that this IU team didn’t go deep in the tournament this year. Don’t blame it on Jamarcus, it’s not his fault. Apparently you don’t have the capacity to be sad for what happened to the players and the good people that breathe IU basketball. At some point you have to see more than just a single year’s potential Final Four squad crumbling. You have to see the way the good people of this program and its players were gutted and thrown into disarray by Sampson’s regrettable actions. After the Sampson fiasco the last thing these players should’ve needed was the pressure of some jerkoff fans’ expectations to win. Grow up.

  • bhss73 #41


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:35 PM EDT

    You just sound sad and bitter that this IU team didn’t go deep in the tournament this year. Don’t blame it on Jamarcus, it’s not his fault. Apparently you don’t have the capacity to be sad for what happened to the players and the good people that breathe IU basketball. At some point you have to see more than just a single year’s potential Final Four squad crumbling. You have to see the way the good people of this program and its players were gutted and thrown into disarray by Sampson’s regrettable actions. After the Sampson fiasco the last thing these players should’ve needed was the pressure of some jerkoff fans’ expectations to win. Grow up.

    No I expect them to honor the terms of their contract i.e. scholarship…. would your boss like it if you just decided to mail it in for a quarter of the year?

  • Bill #42


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:45 PM EDT

    If anyone there actually knows Dan Dakich the man, and isn’t just basing their decisions on his 5 game record with a team still in shock from losing thier head coach, or his 10 years at a small mid major with very little commitment from the school for athletics, you would all be on the “band wagon” to keep Dan on as your head coach. He knows how to coach and win at any level and he will bring back the integrity that has been missing from your program.

  • bhss73 #43


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:56 PM EDT

    You just sound sad and bitter that this IU team didn’t go deep in the tournament this year. Don’t blame it on Jamarcus, it’s not his fault. Apparently you don’t have the capacity to be sad for what happened to the players and the good people that breathe IU basketball. At some point you have to see more than just a single year’s potential Final Four squad crumbling. You have to see the way the good people of this program and its players were gutted and thrown into disarray by Sampson’s regrettable actions. After the Sampson fiasco the last thing these players should’ve needed was the pressure of some jerkoff fans’ expectations to win. Grow up. Uh… Michael………………..Uh Michael………….oh Michael,…………. THEY JUST GOT KICKED OFF THE TEAM FOR NOT FOLLOWING TEAM RULES…………………………….. Jeez… you gonna defend them now? whose the idiot now?

  • bhss73 #44


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:13 PM EDT

    I was waiting to read some idotic comment about how the Hoosiers would be better off with out two of our most consistent performers…at least the talk on this board has stayed toward Ellis (who is a hell of a player) and away from Bassett. I think the first item on the new coaches “to do” list should be keeping Armon in Bloomington. Outside of DJ he was far and away the best we had and has been vastly underrated as a player for the past two years.

    I guess DD is an idiot huh Jim…..

  • bhss73 #45


    Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:24 PM EDT

    Travis and bhss73, you’re both idiots…congrats. Ellis was very good all the way up until the Sampson debacle. He stuffed the stat sheet and didn’t do anything that would make me want to call him a streetballer, and definitely not lazy. If we get a new coach that can sell him and Bassett on staying then they will both be good players next year. Just because he slacked off when Dakich took over doesn’t mean he is a stench on the program.

    Nice Post Jared… wanna re think it 9hours later?

  • Travis #46


    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 5:14 PM EDT

    Like I said yesterday. Let them leave. If they are failing drug tests and skipping classes, then what kind of people are they. IU does not need these types of people representing our university. I applaud Dan Dakich for taking this action. At least someone is trying to portray a positive image for this university.

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