The early period National Signing Day has come and gone and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came away with inking only one recruit in small forward DJ Harvey.
So far, this is Notre Dame’s smallest recruiting class since 2011, when they only signed Pat Connaughton and Eric Katenda.
Since 2011, Notre Dame has signed at least three players each year. The only exception being the class of 2013, which included Boston Celtics’ guard Demetrius Jackson, current senior captains VJ Beachem and Steve Vasturia, and senior forward Austin Torres.
Notre Dame does have until April 12th, 2017 to sign more prospects in the class of 2017 to join Harvey, but Head Coach Mike Brey indicated that they are more likely to recruit some players in the transfer market.
At his press conference, Brey stated that the program could ‘look at the transfer market for a big man/PG and is open to looking at transfer market as soon as Christmas time.’
Notre Dame should aim to secure some transfer players or possibly sign one more high school prospect in the class of 2017 to give Notre Dame some depth in the next few years.
After this year, Notre Dame will lose Beachem, Vasturia, Torres and graduate student Patrick Mazza. Next years team, should they only sign Harvey, will only consist of 11 players, creating urgency to recruit more players before the roster gets too thin.
Harvey will enrol in the program next year and according to Brey, he expects the 6-6 guard/small forward to contribute early.
Harvey comes from DeMatha High School in Washington, D.C., where Brey and former Fighting Irish guard Jerian Grant, who is now with the Chicago Bulls, both attended.
As a junior at DeMatha, one of the top prep schools in the country, Harvey averaged 15.4 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.
Coach Brey loves what he’s getting in DJ Harvey stating that he has a “bright future”. Brey indicated that Harvey was a great fit with the program as he was ‘never thinking he was going to be a one-and-done guy’.
Notre Dame hasn’t been the home for many “one and done” five-star recruits and as it looks right now, the program will continue to find players who are interested in exhausting their four years of eligibility and developing into well rounded players.
The Fighting Irish have proven it does not need to sign one and done players to compete for a national title.
They have still been in contention for a National Title and conference championships, as they have beaten various ACC powerhouses in recent years, such as the Duke Blue Devils, Louisville Cardinals and North Carolina Tar Heels, whom they beat in 2015 to secure their program’s first ever conference title.
As Brey puts it, Harvey is a great shooter and brings great athleticism through his ability to drive to the basket.
The Irish head coach compares DJ Harvey to current senior guard VJ Beachem through their ability to shoot, but states the incoming freshman is a little more built and explosive than Beachem was
DJ Harvey is the #47 prospect in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2017, the top-ranked prospect in the state of Maryland, and a four-star recruit.
– R. Scarfone