"We're happy to have Charles join our family," said head coach Rick Stansbury. "We're excited about the talent of basketball player he is, but most importantly, the type of person and student he is. He's a 3.9 GPA student with great character, and we look forward to having him in our program."
Bassey averaged 19.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game while playing at Aspire Academy in Louisville this past season.
"After discussing this opportunity with my parents, I feel that this is the best decision for me," Bassey said. "Rick Stansbury was the first coach to offer me, and I'm comfortable here. I know coach Stansbury will push me and I want to be a part of rebuilding this program. I'm looking forward to the challenges that college brings and hope to help us win the conference."
This is the second time in as many years Stansbury has talked a five-star recruit into committing to the Hilltoppers. Fellow center Mitchell Robinson committed prior to the 2017-18 season, but then left and did not appear in any games, opting to train for the draft independently.