Melsahn Basabe Undecided on his Future

by Alex Schwartz

When 6'7 power forward Melsahn Basabe '10 of St. Mark's (MA) signed with Siena in November, he was considered a great pickup for the Saints. Checking in at #125, the final spot, in Northstar Basketball's Class of 2010 Terrific 125, Basabe picked the MAAC power over Drexel and Virginia Commonwealth.

Earlier this week, the head coach that Basabe signed with, Fran McCaffery, left Siena to take the head coaching job at Iowa, a school that has struggled of late in the Big Ten. Now, Basabe is uncertain of where he will be going after high school.

Basabe's reaction to hearing that the coach was leaving was similar to that of  De'Mon Brooks and Josh Daniell when they found out the coaches at the schools they signed with had been fired.

"I got the news while I was coaching my ten and under AAU team and I was surprised he moved to Iowa. I thought, 'this is going to get crazy.'"

Basabe has not spoken with McCaffery since he switched jobs, but he has talked with an assistant coach. "I've spoken to Assistant Coach Andrew Francis."

"We were just talking over my situation and what I would do over the next several weeks," said Basbe of what his conversation with Francis was about.

Asked if the staff wants him to follow them to Iowa and if he is considering that possibility, Basabe replied, "Yes, I have the option to go to Iowa and that is something I am seriously considering."

Despite that, Basabe said that he is "still signed and committed to Siena" and thus he would have to be let out of his LOI if he wants to go to Iowa, or any other school for that matter.

"Coach Lubick [at St. Mark's] has been getting a lot of calls from other high-majors and a lot of people are waiting for me to officially break ties with Siena," replied Basabe when asked if he might go somewhere besides Siena or Iowa.

Other programs do have a chance to get in the picture, but the Saints and Hawkeyes will get the first looks. "At some time or another, but I want to fully evaluate Siena and Iowa," said Basabe on whether he would consider all other schools.

With the McCaffery's departure still fresh, the New York native is still unsure of where he thinks he will wind up. "At this point it's too early in the process for me to make any predictions."

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