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Archdeacon: Wright State’s Basile no Samson when it comes to hair

Grant Basile scores

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State never looked better than it did Monday night, especially in the eyes of Lisa Nass, Grant Basile’s mom.

And she wasn’t talking just about the way her 6-foot-9 son played in WSU’s 82-67 victory over Cleveland State in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, a win that put the Raiders into Tuesday night’s final with Northern Kentucky and one triumph away from the NCAA Tournament.

While Basile did score a game-high 27 points, grab a game-high 11 rebounds and block four Vikings’ shots, his mom wasn’t just beaming because of his box score.

She was especially delighted about the absence of his box braids.

The last two years, Basile started the season with his hair in tight braids. Often he wore it in cornrows. A few times there were box braids.

“Some people thought they were cool and a lot of people thought they were dumb,” Basile said with a laugh when we talked about them a few days back. “For me, it was fun. I liked to mess with the people and they either loved (the look) or they hated it.”