While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish only signed one recruit to their class of 2017, the Irish got the ball rolling early as they secured a commitment from class of 2018 four-star point guard, Prentiss Hubb.
The on-court success of the Irish seems to be transpiring on the recruiting trail, as Notre Dame has been starting to secure some blue chip recruits. Demetrius Jackson led the way, followed by soon-to-be sophomore T.J. Gibbs, incoming freshman D.J. Harvey and now Hubb.
Hubb’s commitment marks the second straight recruit Head Coach Mike Brey has landed from the state of D.C in two years. Both Hubb and Harvey come from D.C. where they squared off against each other in high school.
Prentiss is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound left handed point guard from Gonzaga College High School and is considered to be the #1 recruit from the state of DC, the #5 recruit at his position and in the top 40 nationally (#38).
Before committing to Notre Dame, Hubb had considered traditional powerhouses in the Baylor Bears, Virginia Cavaliers, Kansas Jayhawks, Syracuse Orangemen and in-state school Maryland Terrapins.
Per 247 Sports, while Notre Dame has secured the commitment, the crystal ball prediction still has Maryland coming out with the left-handed point guard. But the Irish have a good history with keeping recruits.
So who are the Irish getting in Prentiss Hubb?
Assuming the Irish secure a signature from Hubb in November during the early signing period, the Irish will be getting a stud at point guard in 2018, who will help T.J. run the offence following the eventual departure of Matt Farrell.
While Prentiss will need to beef up a bit before playing his first college game, the Irish are still getting a smooth point guard with great court sense and passing abilities. Hubb also brings an aggressive playing style as he is often found driving to the basket. Hubb has a nice smooth shot and can shoot the ball from range.
Notre Dame will be very deep at the guard position when Hubb enrolls in 2018 as they will have Gibbs, Harvey, Rex Pflueger and Hamilton, Ontario Native Nikola Djogo to fill out their back court, barring they all remain in South Bend.
Moving forward, the Irish need to turn their attention to securing commitments from big men as next year will be the finale for Bonzie Colson. Notre Dame will need to beef up down low if they want to complement their stellar guard recruiting.
Notre Dame has garnered some interest from former Connecticut Huskies’ forward Juwan Durham, who left Huskies following a 16-17 season.
Per NCAA transfer regulations, Juwan would need to sit out for the 2017-18 season, but he will have three years of eligibility wherever he decides to play. He would fit in nicely with the Irish, should he choose them as he would help bolster the front court when Bonzie leaves after this upcoming season.
Stay tuned for any further updates regarding the Irish entering the NBA, recruiting or the 2017-2018 season.