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Former Oakland University guard, and Dayton native, Ryan Bass will use his NCAA-mandated “graduate-transfer” year with the University of Dayton. Bass sat out the entirety of what would have been his senior season last year.

A press release from OU last October provides the following details on Bass’ year-long absence from the basketball program:

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.

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.

Matt Kavanaugh, Devon Scott and now Ryan Bass. Archie Miller is the patron saint of lost causes. With the departure of Khari Price, Dayton needed a quick fix at the point-guard position. This is the quick fix.

Bass, a 5’9″ guard who averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists during his second season with Oakland, will serve as a backup for Scoochie Smith. One can only imagine what graduate program Bass will end up in.