Notre Dame 2016 Class: Senior Evaluations

Scout has evaluated two of Notre Dame's three signees during their senior seasons. How have John Mooney and Nikola Diogo performed?

John Mooney , a 6-foot-8, 240-pound post player, originally committed to Florida just prior to his sophomore season, but after Billy Donovan bolted for the NBA, he opened things up and quickly committed to Notre Dame.

During an in season viewing, Mooney dominated the paint and put up impressive numbers going for 24 points, 26 rebounds and nine blocks. The competition level wasn’t great, as the opposition didn’t have anyone that could match his size, but he did do a great job of finding ways to be effective, despite facing double and triple teams in the post.

Mooney showed toughness and played physical in the paint. He played hard and with energy. Although he’s a below the rim guy, Mooney is a good area rebounder, as he does a good job of fighting for position and pursuing the ball with both hands. He also did a good job of contesting and block shots, without fouling.

Offensively, Mooney didn’t get many touches on the block because of the double teams, but he did find ways to put up points. He was every effective as an offensive rebounder and put back in a number of misses. He also scored off a pair of cuts to the basket, where he finished through contact both times. He looked to face up and drive at times as well. Mooney also showed he could knock down catch and shoot jump shots to 22-feet, as he connected on two of his three attempts from long distance.

Mooney is regarded as a three-star prospect on Scout.

When Notre Dame traveled to Orangeville (Ontario) Athletes Institute to see Thon Maker, they happened to lay eyes on his teammate Nikola Djogo. After evaluating him, Mike Brey and his staff decided to offer him and he quickly committed.

Scout had the opportunity to evaluate Djogo, a 6-foot-6, pushing 6-7, prospect a number of times during his senior season. For Athletes Institute, Djogo played almost exclusively on the perimeter, but he has some combo forward to him.

Djogo moves fluidly and is a slightly above average athlete. He plays hard and has some toughness to him. Djogo, a lefty, hunted deep jump shots and proved to be a solid shooter off the catch from long distance.

The next step in his development is improving his ball handling, especially if he’s going to play on the perimeter. He also will need to get stronger, but that will come with time in a college weight room. Offensively, Djogo can certainly do some things on the perimeter, but the question is will he be able to move laterally well enough to defend elite wings at the next level.


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