South Bend, IN. — A lot has happened in the world of college basketball in the last 72 hours, and the season hasn’t even started.
On Tuesday, the FBI announced that 10 people, consisting of assistant coaches, agents, shoe brand executives etc., have been charged with fraud and corruption involving the recruitment of student athletes.
Players have de-committed, coaches have been arrested and fired, but for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they managed to stay away from the fire and instead, added a key piece to their recruiting class of 2018.
On Wednesday, the Fighting Irish landed 6-foot-10 power forward Nate Laszewski who joins fellow class of 2018 commits in shooting guard Robby Carmody, shooting guard Dane Goodwin and point guard Prentiss Hubb.
Notre Dame’s class of 2018 ranks #2 in the nation, just under the Arizona Wildcats and just above the USC Trojans.
Laszewski comes from Northfield, Massachusetts and is considered the #93 overall recruit, and #23 power forward in the nation. He held offers from other power house programs like the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Arizona Wildcats, and the Baylor Bears.
This was a much needed commitment for Head Coach Mike Brey, who desperately needed to add some size to an already guard-heavy recruiting class, and to replace his front court in the next year.
While Notre Dame does have 6-foot-11 big man Juwan Durham to step in and take over for a departing Bonzie Colson and Martinas Geben next season, the Irish needed another forward to compliment a future young front court.
At a first glance, Laszewski reminds me a lot of New York Knicks centre Kristaps Porzingis; long and lanky, but very agile in the paint and is not afraid to shoot. Laszewski will need to put on some weight in order to battle with the big boys in college but has great potential.
What surprised me was his ability to knock down three pointers consecutively. While watching his highlight reel, I was expecting to see a few shots knocked down here and there, but shooting is a big part of his game. Once Laszewski finds his stroke, he is a threat from beyond the arc.
Irish fans will be crossing their fingers that this transpires to his college career.
– R. Scarfone