"Being a point guard all those years really helped my game develop," Grantham said. "Guards have to make good decisions. You have to be able to pass, handle the ball.
"I've always had the mentality that a pass is as good as a basket. A great pass can get a crowd hyped. If [teammate Jalen Lewis] makes a good no-look pass to me for an easy basket, well then, the pass was as good as the basket. It was the pass that led to the points."
"That's the thing that made Donte' such a great player," said Basey, who was a point guard at Martinsburg. "He thought like a point guard at times. He often gets the ball and leads the break. He can step out and hit the 3. What a weapon that was, because other teams' bigs had a hard time matching up with him because of his skill set."
Grantham will now move on to the next level.
He has been contacted by West Virginia, Villanova, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Maryland, Nebraska, Clemson, Wake Forest, Xavier and Temple. Clemson offered Grantham after seeing him play one time.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins saw him play in Martinsburg in December and again in the state championship game. Assistant Ron Everhart was at several games this season.
George Washington's Luke Eddy, who beat Martinsburg in the 2012 Class AAA semifinals with a 3-pointer, was runner-up for the award.
"Obviously, I saw him in the state tournament, and I've played on [AAU] teams with and against [Morgantown's] Nathan Adrian for a long time," Grantham said. "They are great players. I knew they would be in the race. I just worked as hard as I could this summer to become better. I kept focused.
"This is a great accomplishment for me but it would have been nowhere near possible if it wasn't for all my teammates.''
Grantham will receive the Evans Award at the Victory Awards Dinner May 5 in Clarksburg.
Others considered for the award were Magnolia's Mark Winters, Woodrow Wilson's Donte Nabors, Bluefield's Lykel Collier and Anthony Eades, Huntington's Arick Nicks, Parkersburg South's Wes Mitchem, Tug Valley's Austin Brewer, Morgantown's Adrian and Shady Spring's Chase Connor.