Virginia Tech made a major splash on the transfer portal recruiting trail today landing a commitment from star Wright State PF/C Grant Basile.
Basile chose the Hokies over "50+ schools from across the country" as Basile told us including Iowa State, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. He has 2 years of eligibility as he received a medical redshirt his first season at Wright State and has the free COVID year as well.
Basile was a star for Wright State this past season averaging 18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.6 steals in 32.6 minutes per game while shooting 49.8% from the field including 28.3% from three-point range plus 78.4% from the free-throw line.
With Keve Aluma off to pursue the NBA, Justyn Mutts still deciding between a return or full pursuit of the NBA, and David N'Guessan entering the transfer portal; Virginia Tech had a major frontcourt need. Basile is a great answer for that who can start at power forward or center for the Hokies and would pair well with Mutts in a starting frontcourt should he return.
Basile has shown plenty of versatility offensively with an improving three-point shot that can help create more space on the floor. He's proven to be a quality rebounder during his time at Wright State while his shot-blocking is solid.
Of course, expectations that Basile can come in and be an All-ACC big man are almost certainly out of place, but he should be able to be a quality starter this upcoming season with plenty of room to grow into that into year 2.
We will have more as this story develops.