Dayton senior point guard Ryan Bass will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season as he deals with concussion-related symptoms. A graduate transfer from Oakland, Bass appeared in eight games for the Flyers this season but will end his college basketball career, according to a release from the school.
“I feel bad for Ryan, but his health has to be everyone’s first concern,” Dayton head coach Archie Miller said in the release. “I’m hoping he will stay connected with program and go through Senior Day. He can continue to be a positive factor with us. He’s just that kind of person.”
Bass suffered a concussion in practice in early November and was sidelined until a Nov. 29 game against UIC. The 5-foot-9 guard was a reserve for the Flyers and played in the next eight games, but developed concussion-like symptoms after being knocked to the floor during Tuesday’s game against Ole Miss. Bass didn’t hit his head on the play but he was examined and came out of the game and did not re-enter.
The possibility of further injury is the reason Bass is not playing the rest of the season. Bass played 9.5 minutes per game for Dayton and averaged 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest. The Flyers have plenty of talented guards, but they’ve already kicked two forwards off of the team this season and this just means that a thin roster gets even thinner.
Dayton will have the services of fifth-year point guard Ryan Bass for the this upcoming season, as head coach Archie Miller announced on Tuesday that the Dayton, Ohio native had joined the program.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of Oakland University graduate, Ryan Bass to our team for this season,” Miller tweeted.
Bass left the team in October for what Oakland head coach Greg Kampe referred to as “reasons unrelated to his athletic participation or academic performance.” The 5-foot-9 Bass averaged 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior in 2012-2013 for the Grizzlies.
The Flyers lost five of their first six conference games in the Atlantic 10. Three months later, Miller’s team was one-game shy of the Final Four. Dayton projects to be one of the favorites in the A-10 this season along with VCU, though, the Flyers will head into next year without Khari Price, the sophomore point guard who started all 37 games during the 2013-2014 season. Price decided to transfer in June.
Sophomore point guard Scoochie Smith, who averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists, was expecting to log major minutes as the Flyers this season.
Bass is part of an incoming class that includes three freshman and James Madison transfer, Charles Cooke, who will sit out this season.
The high-octane Oakland Grizzlies offense took a hit on Tuesday, as head coach Greg Kampe put out a short, two sentence release announcing that guard Ryan Bass would be leaving the team due to “reasons unrelated to his athletic participation or academic performance.”
Bass, a 5-foot-9 senior, averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists as a junior.
The Grizzlies still return quite a bit of firepower as they embark on their first season in the Horizon League. Travis Bader, who averaged 22.1 points and has a shot to set the NCAA record for threes this season, is back, as is big man Corey Petros and Providence transfer Duke Mondy.
But Oakland was not a deep team to begin with, and not only did they lose Bass, but center Raphael Carter underwent surgery on an arthritic condition in his hip and will not play this year, either.