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2017 NBA Draft: Beachem and Vasturia go Undrafted

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The 2017 NBA draft took place yesterday, and a record 16 freshman were taken in the first round and two in the second; some of which were players Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia played against.

The remaining picks in the draft were a variety of upperclassmen, all of which were not Beachem and Vasturia.

Notre Dame has not been a program like the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils who some call NBA development factories as they consistently send players to the draft year after year. The Irish have always been opposed to recruiting the one and done talent as it does not align with their vision.

However, Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey is starting to change that, sending four players to the NBA in the last two years and now V.J. Beachem who is expected to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Multiple reports have indicated that the Minnesota Timberwolves will be signing Beachem but there has still been no word on any teams picking up Steve Vasturia.

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The Timberwolves stole headlines yesterday as they sent Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to the Chicago Bulls, adding superstar Jimmy Butler in the process to their young roster of Karl-Anthony Towns and Canadian Andrew Wiggins.

V.J. will need to have a big summer league performance and refrain from playing inconsistent if he wants to prove he belongs in Minnesota.

While the Notre Dame fan base would have loved to see the Irish better represented in last nights draft, the future is looking bright. Mike Brey is transforming Notre Dame into a legitimate basketball school that contends with top ranked opponents and that is starting to garner interest from highly regarded recruits. With improved recruiting, player development, and the success that the overall team is experiencing, expect Brey to send more players to the draft in the coming years.

Stay tuned for more news regarding everything Notre Dame basketball as well as the results of former Notre Dame players in the summer league.

-R. Scarfone

 

 

Notre Dame adds four-star guard Robby Carmody to their class of 2018

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish received their second commitment in their class of 2018 as four-star shooting guard Robby Carmody announced over Twitter that he will be taking his talents to South Bend.

Notre Dame has had a successful couple of months on the recruiting trail with the commitments of both point guard Prentiss Hubb, University of Connecticut transfer Juwan Durham, and now Pennsylvania native Robby Carmody, all who are eligible to play in 2018.

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Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem: Are They Ready For The Big Leagues?

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The 2017 NBA Draft is set to take place Thursday night and two former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout will look to either hear their name be called out or to sign with a club following the draft.

But if you were to look up some NBA mock drafts, you will find that majority of these predictions leave Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem out of the draft.

It may be shocking to see these two names off of NBA mock draft lists considering they helped lead Notre Dame to their first conference championship in program history, back to back elite eights, 12 conference wins in 2016 in what some may say is the most challenging conference in the nation and another trip to the ACC conference final.

Vasturia and Beachem even held their own against top prospects like North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke Blue Devil’s Luke Kennard and Florida State Seminoles’ Jonathan Isaac.

So what is the problem then?

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Notre Dame lands potential successor to Bonzie Colson in Connecticut transfer Juwan Durham

Notre Dame picked up some front court depth for the 2018-19 season, and a potential successor to Bonzie Colson, in the form of Connecticut transfer Juwan Durham early Saturday morning. (Source: FanRag Sports)

SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have found Bonzie Colson’s successor early Saturday morning, as former Connecticut Huskies’ power forward Juwan Durham tweeted his commitment to the Irish.

The incoming transfer wrote:

Durham tweeted out his intent to transfer from Connecticut back on April 3rd, following a mediocre season for the Huskies that saw them go 16-17. Their season ended in the American Athletic Conference tournament by 10 at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, and no post-season tournaments followed.

The 6 foot 11 power forward was also considering programs like the Villanova Wildcats, Virginia Tech Hokies and ACC rival Duke Blue Devils. Continue reading Notre Dame lands potential successor to Bonzie Colson in Connecticut transfer Juwan Durham

Notre Dame adds their first member of their 2018 Class in point guard Prentiss Hubb

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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.

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RECAP: West Virginia Sends Notre Dame Home Early; Irish Finish Season 26-10

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are heading home early this year from the NCAA Tournament as their dreams of being national champions came to an end Saturday afternoon thanks to an outstanding all around performance by the West Virginia Mountaineers.

“They’re really good, they’re really good, they got the look, they could play for a while” said Head Coach Mike Brey concluding the game.

Notre Dame was close to being a first round tournament exit on Thursday, after a sluggish performance against Princeton, only beating the Tigers by two points.

But if the past has told us anything, it was that first round matches have always been tough for the Irish. Even when the Irish narrowly lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight back in 2015, they were close to going home early on the first day.

After Thursday’s win and the then thought “tournament jitters” were gone, the Irish were expected to turn it up a notch with a more formidable opponent knocking at their door.

West Virginia proposed a tough matchup with their defensive intensity and their ability to alter offensive rhythm through their tight full court press.

Mike Brey Stated:

“Our start really hurt us, you know we were in a 10-0 hole and you’re kinda digging out against them the whole day, it was hard to get over it. Their style of play is really hard to deal with, I think you know it wore on us at times”.

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