Late blooming prospects continue to emerge across the country in both the 2017 and 2018 classes and standout junior forward Grant Basile of Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin is no exception. Standing at 6-8 plus and weighing over 200 pounds, Basile is in the midst of a stellar junior campaign that has caught the attention of schools at multiple levels.
A raw talent with size and length as a young prospect, the talented junior forward has taken significant strides over the past 6-9 months in terms of his overall development both physically and skill wise. A sleeper so to speak last year, Basile has seen his game elevate with each passing month as his skill package continues to refine and his agility and footwork improve as well. He can finish at all three levels on the court although his most consistent area is 15 feet and in. Equipped with size and length the Wisconsin native has shown the ability to finish with either hand in a variety of ways throughout the year. Currently averaging over 15 points a game for the conference champion Pewaukee team that is 18-2 this year, Basile has been the driving force for his team game in and game out and that consistent high level production has impressed scouts and college coaches alike.
Not just a one trick pony so to speak, Basile can contribute in other ways beside scoring as he has solid court awareness and an improved understanding of spacing, position, leverage, angles, etc. all of which he’s used throughout the year to both score and help his team on both ends of the floor. His size and plus length along with his feel have made him a dominant rebounding talent averaging close to 9 rebounds a game while defensively his timing and positioning have made him a force on that end of the court altering shots and blocking them to the tune of almost 3 blocks per game. Still developing across the board, Basile has a lot of clay to mold into a quality prospect and he looks and feels like a late blooming Division 1 prospect whose best basketball lies ahead.
Not only is Basile a solid basketball talent on the hardwood, he also delivers in the classroom to the tune of a near 3.8 GPA giving him the flexibility to potentially land at any type of school that wants him, a quality position to be in. A quality young man on multiple levels, Basile is getting interest from Davidson, William & Mary, Air Force, South Dakota, Ohio, Wright State, South Dakota State, UW-Green Bay, IUPUI, Drake, American, Toledo, and Holy Cross amongst others. He has a couple of unofficial visits lined up (Davidson Feb 24th – William & Mary Feb 25th) but the process is really just getting start with him. Equipped with all the clay to mold and develop into a strong prospect over the next 12-18 months, look for Grant Basile to have a lot of eyeballs watching him moving forward as he’s an intriguing prospect with character and grades whose best years of basketball lie ahead.
He plays with the Wisconsin Shooters during the grassroots travel season.