Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 26th

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Matt Farrell driving to the basket in their 86-81 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

July has come and gone, and for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that means the 2017-18 season is one step closer.

The Irish have had an eventful summer so far, from multiple commitments, to transfers, to schedule releases. Summer work outs are coming to a close and soon, the players will be sent home until their return this fall to start a new school year.

Here is a recap of everything that has happened so this off-season.

Commitment, After Commitment, After Commitment

Notre Dame got a good haul this off-season, picking up three players in their class of 2018 and one transfer eligible for the 2018-19 season.

Prentiss Hubb was the first addition to the class of 2018, committing on May 17th, 2017. The 6-2, 160 pound point guard out of Washington, DC is the #1 player in the state of DC, and the #62 player in the nation.

Notre Dame then secured what some may consider to be Bonzie Colson‘s successor in University of Connecticut power forward Juwan Durham. Durham, once a top 50 recruit in the class of 2016, will be eligible to play in 2018-19.

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Juwan Durham in his freshman season at UConn. Credit: Jackson Haigis/The Daily Campus

Finally the Irish added a pair of shooting guards in Robby Carmody and Dane Goodwin within a couple of weeks from each other.

Carmody, the 90th-ranked recruit, chose the Irish over schools like Arizona, Kentucky and Michigan, while Goodwin, the 97th-ranked recruit, who hails from Ohio State territory, was actually committed to the Buckeyes before ultimately choosing the Irish.

Indiana and Michigan State Highlight Notre Dame Non Conference Schedule

While we had an idea of which ACC opponents the Irish will be hosting this upcoming season, we didn’t know who the Irish will square off against in the first half of their season.

The Irish released their non-conference schedule which contains many new and former opponents.

Notre Dame will go up against the likes of DePaul, Ball State and Delaware, but the two games that really stand out are the matches against two of the nation’s top basketball programs.

Mike Brey‘s squad will square off the Michigan State Spartans, led by Miles Bridges, and the Indiana Hoosiers, led by former Dayton Flyers’ Head Coach Archie Miller.

However, before these two games take place, Notre Dame will fly to Maui, Hawaii to take part in the 2017 Maui Invitational.

Notre Dame will take on Chaminade Silverswords in the first round, with a potential matchup against either the Michigan Wolverines or the LSU Tigers to follow. The Wichita State Shockers and California Bears highlight the top half of the bracket.

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The 2017 Maui Invitational Bracket. Credit: UND.com

Notre Dame Alum In The NBA

The 2017 NBA draft saw no Notre Dame players taken in the first or second rounds. V.J. Beachem was signed later on by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but did not have an overwhelming summer league performance.

Former Irish center Zach Auguste had a great summer league in a Miami Heat uniform scoring 10 points per game. However, the big man ultimately chose to turn down NBA offers in favour of his former team overseas.

Demetrius Jackson, former point guard, was waived by the Boston Celtics after being selected by them with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Jackson played mostly in Boston’s D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Jerian Grant still remains with the Chicago Bulls while Pat Connaughton continues to stick around in Portland with the Trailblazers.

Steve Vasturia has yet to be signed by a team as the former Notre Dame guard went undrafted and did not participate in the 2017 NBA Summer League.

Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell Attend the Under Amour All-America Camp

Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell attended the Under Amour All-America Camp from July 20th-22nd, where they were on display for NBA scouts looking to see who the top players entering this season are.

Some brand these two seniors as the best offensive duo in the ACC as well as the country.

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-R. Scarfone