Virginia Tech Basketball: Hokies add Wright State transfer Grant Basile

Head coach Mike Young of the Virginia Tech Hokies (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Head coach Mike Young of the Virginia Tech Hokies (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Virginia Tech basketball team and Head Coach Mike Young added a vital piece of the 2022-2023 team this past Wednesday when they picked up Grant Basile, a transfer out of Wright State.

According to Sports Reference, Basile is a 6-9, 225 lb Forward from Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

The Hokies desperately needed someone with that height and size after losing most of their frontcourt to the NBA draft or transfer portal.

Grant Basile had an impressive 4-year career at Wright State. In 2020-2021, he averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game in 27.1 minutes played per game.

In 2021-2022, Basile started every game and continued producing, putting up 18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 32.6 minutes per game. With his help, Wright State claimed the Horizon League conference tournament title.

In more ways than just coming into Blacksburg as a transfer looking to get big minutes, Basile fits the mold of the Keve Aluma and Zach Leday’s of the world. He’s another shooting big man, and that should come as no surprise given the fact that Mike Young recruited him.

In 95 games at Wright State (56 as a starter) Basile registered some fairly efficient career shooting stats, including 52.7% on all field goal attempts (FG%), 30.8% for all 3-point shots (3P%), and 72.3% at the free throw line (FT%).

For comparison, Keve Aluma‘s career averages were 54.7 FG%, 33.8 3P%, and 69.0 FT%. Zach Leday‘s career averages were 48.3 FG%, 31.3 3P%, and 76.1 FT%.

Looking forward, the Hokies are still waiting to hear from Justyn Mutts about whether or not he will be returning to Blacksburg. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him go pro instead of sticking around, so Hokie fans should be on the lookout for more news with regards to the 2022-2023 roster.