It was a big moment for Pewaukee (Wis.) 2018 forward Grant Basile last month when he received his first Division 1 offer. After an outstanding performance at the NY2LA Sports Invitational, Basile got the call from Wright State, who extended a scholarship his way. Rewarding their loyalty, Basile committed to the Raiders following an unofficial visit on Monday. 

“I just really liked the coaching staff and they showed a lot of commitment to me, coming out and watching me in July,” Basile told NY2LA Sports. “I liked the facilities, but mainly the staff had a good vision and were excited about the future.  I went in there thinking I was probably going to commit, but everything just seemed right.”

Basile also had offers from Denver and a host of Division 2 programs. 

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward spoke with Head Coach Scott Nagy and the entire Wright State coaching staff about his commitment.  “It was a relief, it was exciting to get that first one,” said Basile. “They believed in me and were the first to do so at that level.  They were pretty happy when I committed. I got a chance to talk with everyone. They’re trying to build something special there and they’re excited for the future.”

Basile was also fielding interest from South Dakota, Marist, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Milwaukee. He is the first commit in 2018 for the Raiders, who are also chasing a few other Wisconsin natives, including Carlos Curtis (Milwaukee Riverside) and Keshawn Justice (Madison East). 

As a junior, Basile averaged 13.6 points per game. A high-upside, versatile forward whose best days are ahead of him, Basile is grateful to be heading to be able to sign in November.  “It’s a relief,” he said. “It was a long process, but I’m excited to focus on my senior year.” 

Basile plays with the Wisconsin Shooters during the travel season.