20 Justin Bassey
20 - Justin Bassey
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: Sr
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
High School: Colorado Academy
Position: G
Major: Economics

Career Highs:
Points: 23, at Rhode Island 11/16/18
FG: 7, twice
FGA: 12, twice
3FG: 6, at Penn 2/16/19
3FGA: 9, at Howard 1/21/19
FT: 6, three times
FTA: 7, at Dartmouth 1/12/19
Rebounds: 12, twice
Assists: 7, twice
Blocks: 2, twice
Steals: 4, twice
Minutes 48, vs. Cornell 3/2/18

Junior (2018-19):
Ivy League Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 4) … Three-time selection to the Ivy League honor roll (Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Feb. 11) … Appeared in 27 games with 23 starts … Averaged 9.0 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game … Led the Ivy League in rebounding among backcourt players, ranked fifth overall … Opened the season with nine and 12 points, respectively, against MIT (Nov. 6) and Northeastern (Nov. 9) … Had seven points and a career-high seven assists in a win at UMass (Nov. 13) … Scored a career-high 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting at Rhode Island (Nov. 16) … Scored in double figures in three consecutive games at Siena (Dec. 1), Vermont (Dec. 8) and vs. George Washington (Dec. 22) … Tallied 11 rebounds at North Carolina (Jan. 2), while tying a career-high with two blocks … Tallied 18 points with seven rebounds at Howard (Jan. 21) … Grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Dartmouth (Jan. 26) … Finished in double figures in five straight games from Feb. 1-16, including a 17-point, 10-rebounds double-double against Columbia (Feb. 8), and a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double against Penn (Feb. 16), the last of which included a career-high six triples … Had nine points and six rebounds in Harvard’s NIT win at Georgetown (March 20) … Helped Harvard to its second-straight Ivy League Championship, its seventh in nine seasons, and a berth in the NIT for the second-consecutive season.

Sophomore (2017-18):
All-Ivy League honorable mention … Ivy League honor roll (Feb. 26) … Averaged 8.0 points, a team-high 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game – improved to 10.2 points per game during Ivy League action … Scored six points with 10 rebounds against Northeastern (Nov. 30) and Minnesota (Dec. 30) … Added 11 points against Boston University (Dec. 21) and Dartmouth (Jan. 6) … Notched his first-career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Dartmouth (Jan. 20) … Scored 13 points at Brown (Jan. 27), and had 12 against Penn (Feb. 10) … Scored a then-career-best 18 points against Princeton (Feb. 23) and Cornell (March 2) … Notched career-bests of 19 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in the first round of the NIT at Marquette (March 14) … Helped Harvard to its sixth Ivy League championship in program history, and its second-ever berth in the NIT.

Freshman (2016-17):
Played in 27 games, starting 20, including 15 of the last 16 ... Averaging 6.1 points per game and 4.6 rebounds ... Posted double-figures seven times ... Led the team in rebounding four times ... In his first career action and start, posted 14 points in 22 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting, adding four rebounds and an assist ... Notched seven points and seven rebounds against Holy Cross (Nov. 22) ... Posted four points and five rebounds in the win at Houston (Dec. 23), helping to get a stop on the final possession ... Registered 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc at Vermont (Jan. 2) ... Registered 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, adding a team-high six boards at Dartmouth (Jan. 7) ... Posted six points and paced the team in rebounds (eight) against McGill (Jan. 10) ... Notched six points and four rebounds against Dartmouth (Jan. 21) ... Recorded a career-high 16 points at Cornell (Jan. 27) on 5-of-6 shooting, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining ... Against Penn and Princeton (Feb. 3-4), averaged 7.5 points and 8.0 rebounds on 6-of-7 shooting ... Registered 11 points at Brown (Feb. 10) on 3-of-4 shooting ... Posted eight points and eight rebounds against Cornell (Feb. 18) ... Notched 13 points and six rebounds at Princeton (March 3) ... Registered five points and six rebounds against Yale (March 11) in the Ivy League tournament. 

Justin Bassey with Ash Carter, the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and the Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The former Secretary of Defense became known while in that position for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” to transform how the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances. He re-joined Harvard in March of 2017. We thought it fitting to have him meet our “best defender,” Justin Bassey

Background:
Four-year letterwinner at Colorado Academy … Served as captain as a junior and senior … Tabbed as the All-State Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 … Named to the All-Colorado team as a junior and senior, was a three-time All-State first team pick (2013, 2014, 2015), and earned second team All-State honors as a freshman … Selected to play in the Colorado High School All-Star Game as a sophomore, junior, and senior … Graduated as Colorado Academy’s all-time leading scorer with 2,159 career points … Served as a mentor and guest speaker for Project Greer Street … Helped establish an annual charitable basketball tournament at Colorado Academy. 

Recent Games
Oct 18 Crimson Madness
Nov 5 MIT W, 84-27
Nov 8 at Northeastern L, 84-79
Nov 10 Maine W, 67-46
Nov 14 Siena W, 59-56
Nov 16 at Buffalo L, 88-76
Statistics category Overall Conf
Games 4 -
Games started 4 -
Minutes 135 -
Minutes per game 33.8 -
FG 12-31 0-0
FG Pct 38.7 -
3PT 3-14 0-0
3PT Pct 21.4 -
FT 7-9 0-0
FT Pct 77.8 -
Off rebounds 6 -
Def rebounds 16 -
Total rebounds 22 -
Rebounds per game 5.5 -
Personal fouls 4 -
Disqualifications - -
Assists 8 -
Turnovers 8 -
Assist to turnover ratio 1.0 -
Steals 7 -
Blocks 3 -
Points 34 0
Points per game 8.5 -
Points per 40 min 10.1 -
Date Opponent Score gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Oct 18 Crimson Madness   - - - - - - - - -
Nov 5 MIT W, 84-27 1 14 2-6 33.3 0-2 0.0 1-2 50.0 5
Nov 8 at Northeastern L, 84-79 1 27 4-11 36.4 0-4 0.0 3-4 75.0 11
Nov 10 Maine W, 67-46 1 37 1-2 50.0 0-0 - 0-0 - 2
Nov 14 Siena W, 59-56 1 35 4-9 44.4 1-4 25.0 0-0 - 9
Nov 16 at Buffalo L, 88-76 1 36 3-9 33.3 2-6 33.3 4-5 80.0 12
Nov 22 at Holy Cross   - - - - - - - - -
Nov 28 vs. Texas A&M   - - - - - - - - -
Nov 29 vs. Orlando Invitational   - - - - - - - - -
Dec 1 vs. Orlando Invitational   - - - - - - - - -
Dec 7 Massachusetts   - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 at George Washington   - - - - - - - - -
Dec 22 at Howard   - - - - - - - - -
Dec 29 at California   - - - - - - - - -
Dec 30 at San Francisco   - - - - - - - - -
Jan 4 UC Irvine   - - - - - - - - -
Jan 18 Dartmouth   - - - - - - - - -
Jan 25 at Dartmouth   - - - - - - - - -
Jan 31 at Penn   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 1 at Princeton   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 7 at Yale   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 8 at Brown   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 14 Cornell   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 15 Columbia   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 21 Princeton   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 22 Penn   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 28 at Columbia   - - - - - - - - -
Feb 29 at Cornell   - - - - - - - - -
Mar 6 Brown   - - - - - - - - -
Mar 7 Yale   - - - - - - - - -
Date Opponent Score gs min off def reb ast to a/to stl blk pf dq
Oct 18 Crimson Madness   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 5 MIT W, 84-27 1 14 2 3 5 1 0 - 1 0 0 -
Nov 8 at Northeastern L, 84-79 1 27 2 1 3 1 2 0.5 1 0 1 -
Nov 10 Maine W, 67-46 1 37 0 5 5 3 1 3.0 3 1 0 -
Nov 14 Siena W, 59-56 1 35 1 5 6 3 3 1.0 2 2 1 -
Nov 16 at Buffalo L, 88-76 1 36 3 5 8 1 2 0.5 1 0 2 -
Nov 22 at Holy Cross   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 28 vs. Texas A&M   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 29 vs. Orlando Invitational   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 1 vs. Orlando Invitational   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 7 Massachusetts   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 21 at George Washington   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 22 at Howard   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 29 at California   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 30 at San Francisco   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jan 4 UC Irvine   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jan 18 Dartmouth   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jan 25 at Dartmouth   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Jan 31 at Penn   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 1 at Princeton   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 7 at Yale   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 8 at Brown   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 14 Cornell   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 15 Columbia   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 21 Princeton   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 22 Penn   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 28 at Columbia   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Feb 29 at Cornell   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mar 6 Brown   - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mar 7 Yale   - - - - - - - - - - - -
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
2016-17 27 20 27.4 2.1-3.7 56.4 0.7-1.8 40.8 1.1-1.4 81.6 6.1
2017-18 31 27 32.9 2.4-5.3 45.7 1.2-2.8 42.5 2.0-2.5 81.6 8.0
2018-19 27 23 28.2 3.0-6.1 49.4 1.0-3.0 32.9 1.9-3.2 59.3 9.0
2019-20 4 4 33.8 3.0-7.8 38.7 0.8-3.5 21.4 1.8-2.2 77.8 8.5
Total 89 74 29.9 2.5-5.2 48.9 1.0-2.6 37.5 1.7-2.3 72.2 7.8
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
2016-17 27 20 740 57-101 56.4 20-49 40.8 31-38 81.6 165
2017-18 31 27 1021 75-164 45.7 37-87 42.5 62-76 81.6 249
2018-19 27 23 762 82-166 49.4 27-82 32.9 51-86 59.3 242
2019-20 4 4 135 12-31 38.7 3-14 21.4 7-9 77.8 34
Total 89 74 2658 226-462 48.9 87-232 37.5 151-209 72.2 690
  gp gs min/g fg/40 pct 3pt/40 pct ft/40 pct pts/40
2016-17 27 20 27.4 3.1-5.5 56.4 1.1-2.6 40.8 1.7-2.1 81.6 8.9
2017-18 31 27 32.9 2.9-6.4 45.7 1.4-3.4 42.5 2.4-3.0 81.6 9.8
2018-19 27 23 28.2 4.3-8.7 49.4 1.4-4.3 32.9 2.7-4.5 59.3 12.7
2019-20 4 4 33.8 3.6-9.2 38.7 0.9-4.1 21.4 2.1-2.7 77.8 10.1
Total 89 74 29.9 3.4-7.0 48.9 1.3-3.5 37.5 2.3-3.1 72.2 10.4
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
2016-17 27 20 27.4 0.8 3.7 4.6 2.0 0.0 1.5 0.9 1.6 0.7 0.1
2017-18 31 27 32.9 1.2 4.7 5.9 2.2 0.1 2.5 2.7 1.0 1.3 0.1
2018-19 27 23 28.2 1.6 4.9 6.6 2.0 0.0 1.9 2.0 1.0 0.9 0.4
2019-20 4 4 33.8 1.5 4.0 5.5 1.0 - 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.8 0.8
Total 89 74 29.9 1.2 4.5 5.7 2.1 0.0 2.0 1.9 1.1 1.0 0.2
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
2016-17 27 20 740 22 101 123 55 1 40 25 1.6 18 2
2017-18 31 27 1021 37 147 184 69 3 79 83 1.0 40 3
2018-19 27 23 762 44 133 177 55 0 52 53 1.0 24 11
2019-20 4 4 135 6 16 22 4 - 8 8 1.0 7 3
Total 89 74 2658 109 397 506 183 4 179 169 1.1 89 19
  gp gs mpg off/40 def/40 reb/40 pf/40 dq/40 ast/40 to/40 a/to stl/40 blk/40
2016-17 27 20 27.4 1.2 5.5 6.6 3.0 0.1 2.2 1.4 1.6 1.0 0.1
2017-18 31 27 32.9 1.4 5.8 7.2 2.7 0.1 3.1 3.3 1.0 1.6 0.1
2018-19 27 23 28.2 2.3 7.0 9.3 2.9 0.0 2.7 2.8 1.0 1.3 0.6
2019-20 4 4 33.8 1.8 4.7 6.5 1.2 0.0 2.4 2.4 1.0 2.1 0.9
Total 89 74 29.9 1.6 6.0 7.6 2.8 0.1 2.7 2.5 1.1 1.3 0.3
  gp gs min/g fg/g pct 3pt/g pct ft/g pct ppg
Total 4 4 33.8 3.0-7.8 38.7 0.8-3.5 21.4 1.8-2.2 77.8 8.5
Conference - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
Exhibition 1 1 14.0 2.0-6.0 33.3 0.0-2.0 0.0 1.0-2.0 50.0 5.0
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Home 2 2 36.0 2.5-5.5 45.5 0.5-2.0 25.0 0.0-0.0 - 5.5
Away 2 2 31.5 3.5-10.0 35.0 1.0-5.0 20.0 3.5-4.5 77.8 11.5
Neutral - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
-
Wins 2 2 36.0 2.5-5.5 45.5 0.5-2.0 25.0 0.0-0.0 - 5.5
Losses 2 2 31.5 3.5-10.0 35.0 1.0-5.0 20.0 3.5-4.5 77.8 11.5
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November 4 4 33.8 3.0-7.8 38.7 0.8-3.5 21.4 1.8-2.2 77.8 8.5
  gp gs min fg pct 3pt pct ft pct pts
Total 4 4 135 12-31 38.7 3-14 21.4 7-9 77.8 34
Conference - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
Exhibition 1 1 14 2-6 33.3 0-2 0.0 1-2 50.0 5
-
Home 2 2 72 5-11 45.5 1-4 25.0 0-0 - 11
Away 2 2 63 7-20 35.0 2-10 20.0 7-9 77.8 23
Neutral - - - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0
-
Wins 2 2 72 5-11 45.5 1-4 25.0 0-0 - 11
Losses 2 2 63 7-20 35.0 2-10 20.0 7-9 77.8 23
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November 4 4 135 12-31 38.7 3-14 21.4 7-9 77.8 34
  gp gs min/g fg/40 pct 3pt/40 pct ft/40 pct pts/40
Total 4 4 33.8 3.6-9.2 38.7 0.9-4.1 21.4 2.1-2.7 77.8 10.1
Conference - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
Exhibition 1 1 14.0 5.7-17.1 33.3 0.0-5.7 0.0 2.9-5.7 50.0 14.3
-
Home 2 2 36.0 2.8-6.1 45.5 0.6-2.2 25.0 0.0-0.0 - 6.1
Away 2 2 31.5 4.4-12.7 35.0 1.3-6.3 20.0 4.4-5.7 77.8 14.6
Neutral - - - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - 0.0-0.0 - -
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Wins 2 2 36.0 2.8-6.1 45.5 0.6-2.2 25.0 0.0-0.0 - 6.1
Losses 2 2 31.5 4.4-12.7 35.0 1.3-6.3 20.0 4.4-5.7 77.8 14.6
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November 4 4 33.8 3.6-9.2 38.7 0.9-4.1 21.4 2.1-2.7 77.8 10.1
  gp gs mpg off/g def/g reb/g pf/g dq/g ast/g to/g a/to stl/g blk/g
Total 4 4 33.8 1.5 4.0 5.5 1.0 - 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.8 0.8
Conference - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Exhibition 1 1 14.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 0.0 - 1.0 0.0 - 1.0 0.0
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Home 2 2 36.0 0.5 5.0 5.5 0.5 - 3.0 2.0 1.5 2.5 1.5
Away 2 2 31.5 2.5 3.0 5.5 1.5 - 1.0 2.0 0.5 1.0 0.0
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Wins 2 2 36.0 0.5 5.0 5.5 0.5 - 3.0 2.0 1.5 2.5 1.5
Losses 2 2 31.5 2.5 3.0 5.5 1.5 - 1.0 2.0 0.5 1.0 0.0
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November 4 4 33.8 1.5 4.0 5.5 1.0 - 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.8 0.8
  gp gs min off def reb pf dq ast to a/to stl blk
Total 4 4 135 6 16 22 4 - 8 8 1.0 7 3
Conference - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Exhibition 1 1 14 2 3 5 0 - 1 0 - 1 0
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Home 2 2 72 1 10 11 1 - 6 4 1.5 5 3
Away 2 2 63 5 6 11 3 - 2 4 0.5 2 0
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Wins 2 2 72 1 10 11 1 - 6 4 1.5 5 3
Losses 2 2 63 5 6 11 3 - 2 4 0.5 2 0
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November 4 4 135 6 16 22 4 - 8 8 1.0 7 3
  gp gs mpg off/40 def/40 reb/40 pf/40 dq/40 ast/40 to/40 a/to stl/40 blk/40
Total 4 4 33.8 1.8 4.7 6.5 1.2 0.0 2.4 2.4 1.0 2.1 0.9
Conference - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Exhibition 1 1 14.0 5.7 8.6 14.3 0.0 0.0 2.9 0.0 - 2.9 0.0
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Home 2 2 36.0 0.6 5.6 6.1 0.6 0.0 3.3 2.2 1.5 2.8 1.7
Away 2 2 31.5 3.2 3.8 7.0 1.9 0.0 1.3 2.5 0.5 1.3 0.0
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Wins 2 2 36.0 0.6 5.6 6.1 0.6 0.0 3.3 2.2 1.5 2.8 1.7
Losses 2 2 31.5 3.2 3.8 7.0 1.9 0.0 1.3 2.5 0.5 1.3 0.0
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November 4 4 33.8 1.8 4.7 6.5 1.2 0.0 2.4 2.4 1.0 2.1 0.9