Report: Dismissed Indiana guard wants to talk to Crean about reinstatement
While interim Indiana basketball coach Dan Dakich dismissed guards Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis from the team last week, Bassett is interested in speaking with new head coach Tom Crean about returning to the program.
Despite Bassett's plans to speak with Crean, Ellis has not contacted the new Hoosiers' coach about rejoining the team, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Multiple sources told the newspaper last week that Bassett and Ellis were kicked off the team after first missing a prearranged appointment, and then not reporting for a 6 a.m. run the following day. The run was punishment for missing the meeting. Dakich confirmed the players' dismissals to ESPN.com.
Crean has several roster issues for his first season with the Hoosiers.
Seniors D.J. White and Lance Stemler have completed their eligibility. It is widely expected that freshman Eric Gordon, who averaged a team-high 20.0 points per game, will declare himself eligible for June's NBA draft at a Monday news conference. Add in the dismissals of Bassett and Ellis, plus academic issues with other players that Crean alluded to in the Indianapolis Star report, and Crean's first season could mean the Hoosiers may have no returning starters next season.
Bassett, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard who was a third-team All-Big Ten selection, missed three games this season. Ellis, a 6-5 guard/forward, missed one game for disciplinary reasons. Ellis, in his first season at Indiana after transferring from a junior college, averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 assists in 32 games. Bassett averaged 11.4 points in 29 games.
Indiana announced on Tuesday that it had hired Crean to become the Hoosiers' new coach. He had spent the past nine seasons with Marquette.
Information from ESPN's Andy Katz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.