The Wright State Raiders received a critical blow to the team when forward Grant Basile, an inside-outside scorer decided to enter the transfer portal shortly after the team’s season ended against #1-seeded Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. He was one of the top players in the 87-70 loss, scoring 21 points against the Wildcats shot-blockers.
The 6’9, 225-pound redshirt junior, who thrived playing with Loudon Love, Tanner Holden and Trey Calvin, scored 1,228 points in four seasons with the Raiders. a perennial Horizon League Championship contender.
Basile wrote on Twitter the following message: “The four years I’ve spent being a Wright State Raider have been unbelievable. It’s been an honor to wear the green and gold while earning my degree. I’d like to thank the entire coaching staff here for putting faith in an 18-year-old kid from Wisconsin. To the fans, thank you for supporting us every single day. To my teammates, the memories we made will last forever. With that being said, I will be entering the transfer portal for my remaining eligibility.”
The soft-spoken Basile, will have a fifth season of college basketball due to the 2020-21 season being not counted as eligibility due to COVID-19.
The Wisconsin native was an All-Horizon League second-team player, ranking second on the team with 18.4 ppg and leading the team in rebound at 8.5 per game.
It is not known at this time where Basile will end up but don’t count out Wisconsin or Marquette who are closer to his home.
THE GRANT BASILE FILE
- POSITION Forward
- HEIGHT 6-9
- WEIGHT 225
- CLASS Redshirt Junior
- HOMETOWN Pewaukee, WI
- HIGHSCHOOL Pewaukee
2021-22: Named to the preseason Horizon League First Team.
2020-21: Appeared in all 24 games with 15 starts …Averaged 27 minutes per game… Averaged 15.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per contest, both the third-highest on the roster… Tallied a career-high 35 points against Milwaukee on March 2, while having a season-best 14 rebounds against Milwaukee that same day… Named Second Team All-Horizon League… Earned NABC Honors Court recognition for his work in the classroom.
2019-20: Appeared in all 31 regular season games with five starts in December…Averaged 14.4 minutes per game in his first season… Averaged 6.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per contest… Tallied a season-high 23 points against Southern in mid-December and had a career-best 14 rebounds against Mississippi Valley State five days later… In five starts from November 27 through December 17, averaged a double-double with 13.8 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game, scoring double figures in four of the five contests… Was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.
Notes: Unanimous First-Team All-State…Second-Team AP All State…conference Player of the Year and First-Team twice…averaged 24.5 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks a game while shooting 68%…1,049 career points…once scored 49 points and grabbed 23 rebounds twice…team was sectional finalist…also played for the Wisconsin Shooters…as a junior, averaged 13.6 points and 11.5 rebounds…his father, Mike Basile, was his high school coach…son of Michael Basile and Lisa Nass…three sisters and one brother.