2008-09: Joe Basaraba was selected in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2008 OHL priority draft but chose to retain his college eligibility and attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN instead. He scored 20 goals with 22 assists in 50 games with 48 PIM.
2009-10: Basaraba played a second season with Shattuck-St. Mary’s. He scored 24 goals and added 22 assists for 46 points. He committed to attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the fall of 2010.
2010-11: Basaraba gradually worked his way into the Minnesota-Duluth lineup as a freshman, appearing in 36 of 42 games for the national champion Bulldogs. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -4 with 20 PMs. Basaraba had an assist in the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over Notre Dame in the Frozen Four semifinals.
2011-12: Basaraba emerged as a full-time, two-way player with a strong physical component to his game in his sophomore season at Minnesota-Duluth. He played in 40 of 41 games for the Bulldogs; scoring 7 goals with 9 assists and was plus-eight with 58 penalty minutes (one minute fewer than team-leader J.T. Brown). Three of Basaraba’s seven goals were game-winners. After finishing second in the WCHA, the Bulldogs lost in double overtime to Denver in a WCHA tournament semifinal game and were defeated by eventual NCAA champion Boston College in the Northeast Regional Final.
2012-13: Basaraba skated in 37 games and scored a career-high 10 goals in his junior season at Minnesota-Duluth. Skating mostly in a second and third line role for the offensively-challenged squad, he also had 7 assists and was -6 with 40 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs slipped to an uncharacteristic ninth place in their final season in the WCHA and were swept by Wisconsin in a first round playoff series. Basaraba missed the first game of the series due to illness and returned the following night but was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes.
Basaraba is a big player with a hard shot who likes to hit. He has developed into a two-way forward who works hard in both zones, and although he does not score a lot of goals, he is an integral role player who can kill penalties and generate turnovers.
Basaraba will return to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs for his senior season. Should he continue to develop his defensive game, Basaraba has the skating ability and size to become an effective checking-line player and penalty killer in the NHL.