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.
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.
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.
SEATTLE, Wash. — The off-season following the 2016-17 season has seen a number of programs leave their mark on the transfer market.
The first programs that come to mind are power conference programs. Both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Arizona State Sun Devils have picked up key additions that will help their respective programs in the 2018-19 season.
Then, there’s the Nevada Wolfpack, who are big players in terms of transfers year in and year out. Eric Musselman has done a tremendous job making Nevada a desirable place to play for both incoming recruits and transfer players from across the country.
However, there’s one team in particular who has added a slew of talented players this off-season, but don’t have the national attention to match.
CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 transfer list is creeping up on 700 names.
Plenty of players have committed to their new schools, and have made some waves with their decisions in the process. Some of the decisions have changed the landscape of college basketball, like C.J. Bryce committing to Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack, or the Lawson brothers, Jack Whitman, and Charlie Moore committing to the Kansas Jayhawks, just to name a few.
While the majority of players have found their new homes, there is still a ton of talent still available on the transfer market. With the off-season slowing ticking away, available players are still taking official visits, in search of their next stop on their respective basketball journey.
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:
Blessed to have the opportunity to do is this again. I'm going to Notre Dame! 🍀🍀
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.