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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Oakland’s Ryan Bass expected to miss remainder of 2013-14 season

Ryan Bass (left) takes in an Oakland game at The Palace with Andre Drummond (right).

The absence of senior Ryan Bass has many Oakland fans wondering when the acrobatic guard will return to the Golden Grizzlies lineup.
The program announced in early October Bass had left for personal reasons. They’ve said very little else in the time since the Oct. 1 announcement.
“Ryan Bass has left the men's basketball team due to reasons unrelated to his athletic participation or academic performance. Given university policy and federal student privacy laws, Oakland Athletics is not able to provide any further details at this time.”
Bass has tweeted support for his teammates at times, even making an appearance at The Palace of Auburn Hills with friend and Detroit Pistons forward Andre Drummond to watch Oakland play Michigan State Dec. 14. Bass was unsure after the game when he would return.
Teammate Travis Bader said the team appreciated Bass' support and wished the best for Bass. 
Bass has also used his Instagram account to show his skills have not diminished in his time away from the team. 

Friday, Bass left some fans wondering he might return for this weekend’s much-anticipated rematch with Detroit, tweeting: “This is great feeling to be back in #GrizzNation.”
Oakland coach Greg Kampe said earlier this week Bass will not be returning to the team this season, though Bass has gotten “personal challenges back in order.”  
Kampe said Bass’ future will be re-evaluated this summer after Bass graduates.
Bass, who played as a true freshman in 2010-11, would then have one year of eligibility remaining — at Oakland or elsewhere. 
Because of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule, Bass would be eligible to transfer to another program and play immediately without being subjected to the NCAA's one-year probationary period applied to undergraduate transfers. 
Oakland has not lost a player to the rule since its inception. 

UPDATE: Oakland officially announced Friday afternoon Bass will not return this season, saying he is suffering fron an undisclosed injury. 
"Ryan is back in school and we are very happy for that," Kampe said via press release. "As far as basketball goes, Ryan is injured. He is not cleared to play nor will he be this year. Getting himself healthy is his number one goal. Ryan does not want to disclose his injury and I hope everyone will respect that. His leave from school dealt solely with his heath issue. He will graduate this summer."


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