Category Archives: Recruiting

Notre Dame adds Four-Star SG Dane Goodwin to their 2018 recruiting class

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added a third player to their class of 2018 on Wednesday night when 6-4 shooting guard Dane Goodwin committed to the Irish via Twitter

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Faith & Family: The Story of Mark Alstork

Photo courtesy of Wright State Raiders.

Mark Alstork is more than a basketball player.

He may be a graduate transfer who can lead his new team to the NCAA Tournament, but he is also a symbol for Dayton, Ohio.

“I play with passion. I play with a chip,” said Alstork, a Dayton native and former star at Wright State, on Watching with Wesner. “You can tell when someone is from where I’m from, how they play and the passion they play with.”

Alstork is one of the most talented scorers left on the transfer market; he averaged 19 points per game and scored 27 plus points on 7 separate occasions last season. 

Last week he narrowed his list to four teams, leaving Illinois, LSU, Pittsburgh and South Carolina as potential suitors.

Throughout the month, Alstork has been frequently posting on social media, chronicling his experiences and campus visits. The 6’5” scoring guard has an altruistic reason for his persistent Snapchat videos and tweets.

“I wanted to take my people from Dayton, Ohio, who have supported me from day one. I wanted them to be with me in the process,” he said. “They have been with me for this long. I don’t want them to feel like that I am going to change up on them or that I am not going to continue to be the same person I am. I’m never going to change who I am.”

Alstork did not want to transfer from Wright State. After all, as a hometown product playing at a local university, the benefits were abundant. However, being a part of the Raiders became toxic.

“During the season, I went through a time with myself that a lot of people don’t get out of. I was frustrated with some of the things — Some of the things at Wright State wasn’t normal,” Alstork recalled. “I actually didn’t want to leave, to be honest. I wanted to stick it out and try to become an NBA player from Wright State.

“It’s not easy leaving your family and friends,” said Alstork. “They can be looking forward to watching me play two times a weekend. It’s a place to come and be happy and smile and enjoy life.”

Two values of importance to Alstork is faith and family. As the son of a preacher, a relationship with God was forged early on — one that has not weakened with age.

“Faith and prayer is a huge part of me being who I am and continuing to be in God and continuing to grow a relationship in God,” he said. “I know God leads my life.”

For many student-athletes, athletics and academics dominate. Add being a transfer with a plethora of top-tier options and a disconnection from core values can occur.

This was not the case with Alstork.

“I know exactly the reason why I am on this earth,” said the 2016-17 Horizon League first teamer. “It has nothing to do with me and it has all to do with God.”

Six visits and fourteen flights later and the memories of a lifetime have been given to Alstork and his family.

“The most memorable moment for me was being able to have my mother and brother there the whole time,” said Alstork. “I’m just glad, I’m able, that God has allowed me to be in this position in my life. I never would have thought that this would happen again. The opportunity that I am having is straight from God.”

Three years after receiving a release from Ball State, Mark Alstork will call one final school home. Another decision must be made; but, with it, perspective and advice will be given to aspiring basketball players in Dayton.

“I’ve had some people hitting me up,” said the Thurgood Marshall High School product. “Older kids who say, ‘You motivate me. You aspire me. Your work ethic speaks for itself. And no matter who gets you, you’re not going to change.’”

Alstork confirmed he will tweet to the college basketball world his decision tomorrow, exclusively on Twitter.

With his decision, one major domino for next season will fall and one team will be closer to a trip to the Big Dance.

– P. Wesner

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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John Walker III weighing options going into signing deadline

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Eric Gay.

Signing day has arrived.

Entering today’s Division I NLI signing deadline, some talented high school seniors remain unsigned.

John Walker III is one of the highly touted but uncommitted.

“I can go get you 10 blocks, 10 assists and 10 rebounds,” said Walker III. “I just try to do whatever the coach asks.” Continue reading John Walker III weighing options going into signing deadline

Fighting Irish Ink DeMatha Small Forward DJ Harvey as Lone Signee

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The early period National Signing Day has come and gone and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came away with inking only one recruit in small forward DJ Harvey.

So far, this is Notre Dame’s smallest recruiting class since 2011, when they only signed Pat Connaughton and Eric Katenda.

Since 2011, Notre Dame has signed at least three players each year. The only exception being the class of 2013, which included Boston Celtics’ guard Demetrius Jackson, current senior captains VJ Beachem and Steve Vasturia, and senior forward Austin Torres Continue reading Fighting Irish Ink DeMatha Small Forward DJ Harvey as Lone Signee

Guarding the Ivy: A Look at the Ivy League’s Freshmen Guards in 2016-17

The 2016 recruiting class for the Harvard Crimson features a ton of talent in the back court, including Justin Bassey (above) and top-100 recruit Bryce AIken (top).
The 2016 recruiting class for the Harvard Crimson features a ton of talent in the back court, including Justin Bassey (above) and top-100 recruit Bryce AIken (top).

There’s a changing of the guard in the Ivy League in 2016-17.

Eleven freshman guards are joining the conference this season, all of whom are looking to make a name for themselves and their programs. Some will come in and start right away, while others will learn from some of the conference’s top players and will have to put in the work to steal minutes from the stars.

All of the Ivy League’s guard recruits and promising back court prospects are inspected below, and our preview looks at why these fresh faces will succeed at the collegiate level. Continue reading Guarding the Ivy: A Look at the Ivy League’s Freshmen Guards in 2016-17