DAYTON/INDIANAPOLIS – The Wright State men’s basketball team saw three players earn Horizon League honors, the league office announced Monday, headlined by Tanner Holden’s second consecutive first team selection.
In addition to Holden, Grant Basile was a second team selection for the second time in his career while AJ Braun earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
Holden started all 31 of Wright State’s regular season contests, averaging 35.2 minutes per contest, the sixth-most in the Horizon League, while his 1,091-plus total minutes led the Horizon and is inside the Top 10 nationally to begin the week. Holden averaged 19.9 points per game, third in the Horizon League and a Top 25 mark nationally, while his 616 total points led the Horizon League and is eighth nationally. He recorded 28 double-figure scoring games in the regular season, including scoring 20 or more points a Horizon League-best 18 times, while he currently leads the country in total free throws made with 173 and is second nationally with 223 total free throw attempts.
Basile also started all 31 regular season contests, averaging 32.5 minutes per game, while his 1,006-plus total minutes are the fifth-most in the Horizon. Basile averaged 18.3 points per game, fourth in the Horizon League and a Top 75 mark nationally, while his 566 total points are third-most in the Horizon League. Basile is second in the Horizon and 21st nationally with 265 total rebounds, second in the Horizon and No. 39 nationally in total rebounds/game average with his 8.5 boards per contest and is second in the Horizon and No. 57 in the country with his 5.9 defensive rebounds/game average. He recorded 28 double figure scoring games, including having scored 20 or more points 14 times, while leading the Horizon League in total blocks (48) and blocks per game average (1.5).
Basile and Holden became two of only 15 players all-time in Wright State history with 1,000-plus points and 500 or more rebounds, as Holden hit both marks in January before Basile joined him on both lists in February
Braun played in 23 contests with 18 starts, averaging 6.1 points per game and finished the regular season with 13 games scoring five or more points. He earned his first collegiate start on Dec. 2 at Purdue Fort Wayne and turned in his first double-digit scoring game, finishing with 17 points in the win. He averaged 3.2 rebounds per game and has six contests with five or more rebounds. Braun recorded a career-best seven rebounds three times, including in Wright State’s December win at NC State. He is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor while adding 10 blocks, 10 assists and four steals to his season stat line.
Wright State (18-13) is the No. 4 seed in the upcoming 2022 Keeps Horizon League Championship and will host the highest remaining seed following the first-round matchups on March 1 inside the Nutter Center in quarterfinal action on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m., with the broadcast on ESPN+. Tickets for Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup are on sale now.
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