"She could play any position and play it well," said Layton coach Van Price about Bassett, who has been a member of the varsity since she was the first player off the bench as a sophomore. "I can put her anywhere on the court. She can score from any position. She is a 3-point shooter who can handle the ball. In the state championship, against the press, she brought the ball up the court. She is very long and a good post player with good post moves who keeps the ball high."
Bassett's statistics reveal much about her versatility and are skewed down a bit by the fact that Layton was so good much of the season that she often did not play in the fourth quarter.
She averaged 19.5 points a game and shot 56 percent from the field, including 42 percent from the 3-point line, where she was 15 of 36. She averaged 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots, 1.8 steals, and 1.2 assists a game.
Copper Hills coach Ben Morley, whose previously unbeaten team lost to Layton in a memorable 5A semifinal game, said Bassett has the rare combination of power and athleticism. He said he put the Grizzlies' best defender on her as a shadow and double-teamed her when she tried to shoot.
"Like they say about all great players, you can't shut them down completely, you just hope to limit the damage they do," he said.
Morley said Bassett is capable of beating an opponent in many ways, and said if she gets the basketball near the basket, she will likely either score or get fouled.
Part of that versatility is that Bassett played many positions growing up.
"I was always a guard in junior high, but I used to post up as well," she said. "I like power forward, where you can shoot or post up. That's my favorite."
Bassett started playing basketball on a co-ed team when she was 5. She never played on a competition team until Natalie Williams invited her to be on the Utah Flash team when she was already at Layton.
Price saw great potential in Bassett when he watched her playing at Fairfield Junior High.
Layton lost to eventual 5A champion Brighton in the quarterfinals by four points a year ago before its breakout season this year. The Lancers won or shared the league title all three of the years Bassett played.
"She was special because of her size and mobility," said Price. "I was pretty excited about her."
Bassett said she was about 5-foot-11 in junior high and shot up to 6-foot-1 by the time she was a sophomore.