Grant Basile And The Current Virginia Tech Scholarship Situation

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Grant Basile is a great fit for the Virginia Tech offense. (@GBasile00)

I’m very happy that Mike Young has been able to add Grant Basile to the Virginia Tech basketball program. He was the main transfer that I had my eye on for a long time because I think he’s a perfect fit for what the offense has looked like over the last two seasons.

I know everybody wanted LSU transfer center Efton Reid because he was a 4-star recruit, he is from Richmond, and he has reached the magical length border of seven-feet. Don’t get me wrong, I would have been happy to have him, but I feel like Basile is a better fit for the Mike Young system, and he is the most like-for-like replacement for Keve Aluma that Young could have potentially found in the transfer portal.

Basile is 6-9, 225. He’s not quite as thick as Aluma, but they are the same height, and they share some similar skills. He averaged 18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Wright State last season after averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 2020-21.

Check out their career 3-point shooting numbers…

Basile: 62-of-201 (30.8%)
Aluma: 45-of-133 (33.3%)

Basile only shot 28.3% from the outside in 21-22 after shooting 47.6% in 20-21, but his attempts went up from 1.8 per game to 3.8 per game. That’s too many outside jumpers, and thus that 28.3% probably isn’t reflective of the type of shooter he is. Aluma attempted 2.3 per game at Tech, which is probably around where Basile should be.

And now their free throw numbers…

Basile: 248-of-343 (72.3%)
Aluma: 180-of-238 (75.6%)

Basile probably won’t be able to get to the line as much against ACC opponents, but both guys shoot a similar percentage from the charity stripe. I think it’s a major bonus when your center is such a good free throw shooter. If you are going up against a team whose center can’t make foul shots, then you have the ability to steal some points.

It can be difficult to compare the two guys in some ways because they generally faced a different level of competition. However, to get a better feel for Basile, here are his numbers against Power 5 programs this past season…

  • Purdue: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3-of-14 FG, 1-of-8 3pt.
  • NCSU: 23 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 9-of-16 FG, 2-of-4 3pt.
  • Arizona: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 8-of-20 FG, 3-of-9 3pt.

Obviously the Purdue game didn’t go well, but that was a poor performance by the entire team as Wright State lost by 42. However, he dominated NC State in Raleigh with a double-double, and he had a very strong game against No. 1 seed Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.

Probably my one concern with Basile is turnovers. For whatever reason, they went up a lot during his last season at Wright State. Here are his year-by-year turnovers per game numbers…

  • 2019-20: 1.5
  • 2020-21: 1.8
  • 2021-22: 3.0

Three turnovers per game is a lot. Though his minutes did increase by about five minutes, that doesn’t explain the massive increase in turnovers. That said, there was something about Wright State this past season that made Basile a different player. He shot three times as many three-pointers as he did the previous season, and his turnovers went up. Perhaps he didn’t have as much help? I’m not sure.

Assuming that he gets his turnovers back down to 2020-21 levels, and he isn’t asked to take quite as many three-pointers as he did in 2021-22, I think Basile is an excellent pickup for Virginia Tech. He shares a lot of skills with Keve Aluma, and Mike Young will be able to rely on