SOUTH BEND, Ind – National signing day has come and gone, and it was a quiet day for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Not quiet as in they didn’t sign who they wanted. Quiet as in no surprises.
Notre Dame successfully penned all four of their targets, achieving a 7th place ranking in the 2018 247Sport.com class rankings, above teams like the Michigan State Spartans, the Duke Blue Devils, and the Arizona Wildcats.
Notre Dame’s first signing came from Prentiss Hubb, a 6-3 175 pound point guard from Washington D.C., rated the #11 player at his position and #53 nationally.
Head Coach Mike Brey describes Hubb as a “scoring point guard”, and one who will contribute right away with Matt Farrell departing next season.
The Irish are getting a smooth point guard with great court sense and passing abilities. Hubb brings an aggressive playing style, as he is often found driving to the basket while also possessing a nice smooth shot. Expect Hubb to shoot from deep every now and then.
As the summer progressed, Notre Dame then gained a pair of commitments within a couple weeks of each other; Robby Carmody and Dane Goodwin both pledged to the Irish, giving them more depth at the guard position.
Robby Carmody resides from Mars, Pennsylvania and is ranked the #79 player in the nation, per 247Sport,s who held offers from the Louisville Cardinals, the Michigan Wolverines and the Syracuse Orangemen.
In his junior year of high school, Carmody put up video game numbers, averaging 26.2 points per game and 12 rebounds, while leading Mars Area to 66 wins in three seasons.
A player that resembles former Irish guard and now Portland Trailblazer, Pat Connaughton, Carmody may be asked to take some shots next year when the Irish need a spark.
Dane Goodwin then quickly followed Carmody becoming the 3rd addition to the Irish class of 2018.
The former Ohio State Buckeye Commit, is the #126 player nationally, and while he did not hold many offers, the shooting guard brings a lot of upside standing 6 foot 5.
When Goodwin signed his letter of intent, Mike Brey coined him as a ‘big-time shooter…who is also sneaky athletic’. Given his size and his ability to shoot, I wouldn’t be surprised if Goodwin saw the floor in his freshman year.
Finally to close out their four player class, Notre Dame secured the commitment of a position that was in desperate need considering the departures that are on the horizon.
The 6’11” Nate Laszewski pledged to the Irish towards the end of September, right around the time college basketball was hit with scandal of fraud and corruption.
Laszewski resides from Northfield, Massachusetts ranking #98 nationally in the class of 2018 and holding offers from some prominent basketball programs such as the Arizona Wildcats, the North Carolina Tarheels, and the Baylor Bears.
A long and lanky forward, Laszewski easily resembles New York Knick big man Kristaps Porzingis; very agile in the paint and not afraid to shoot. Putting on some weight before entering college will help Laszewski hang around with the big boys.
This was a much needed haul by Notre Dame considering they only secured one letter of intent last year with D.J. Harvey being the lone member of the class of 2017.
Considering the loss of some key players next year, expect at least three of four players from the class of 2018 to play in key reserve roles.
Prentiss Hubb will likely back up T.J. Gibbs with Matt Farrell departing, while Nate Laszewski will look to provide depth to the front court that will consist of soon to be eligible, Juwan Durham and forward John Mooney.
When it comes to the two shooting guards, it could go either way. I suspect Mike Brey will redshirt at least one of his shooting guards given the number of players he will have in his arsenal.
Both Carmody and Goodwin are capable of shooting the ball and are pretty much identical in size. However if I were to bet who plays and who sits, I’m willing to bet Robby Carmody will see the floor as he looks like the better shooter and the most ready out of the two.
However with that said, over the last couple of seasons, Brey has not been afraid to play some of his freshmen. Both Rex Pflueger and former Irish froward Matt Ryan saw playing time in 2015, T.J. Gibbs saw court time in 2016 in addition to John Mooney (limited) and it looks like freshman D.J. Harvey will be in the mix this year.
Moral of the story, Carmody and Goodwin should be ready to play as soon as they start their careers in South Bend.
What is clear though is Mike Brey is turning Notre Dame into a premier basketball destination, with some of the nations top recruits choosing the Irish over the likes of the one and done schools.
Expect future classes to possess similar talent to this one.