Notre Dame Big Man Finally Healthy

When Alan Metcalfe got a chance to showcase his game in front of a bunch of college coaches in Delaware in late-November, he wasn't even close to 100 percent. Now he's almost back at full-strength.

Alan Metcalfe is finally healthy and the Notre Dame Academy (Va.) 6-9, 230-pound senior should see his stock increase.

Metcalfe, who came over from Liverpool, England, prior to the school year, had a banged up left ankle early in the season which really hampered his minutes and effectiveness at the War on the Shore in Delaware.

``He's healthy and getting better," Notre Dame Academy coach Larry Cullinane said. "He's shooting it pretty well and rebounding well. He's playing about 23-24 minutes per game now and is a true combo forward. He can bang inside and also step out and shoot the 3."

Metcalfe, 18, has only played basketball for the past five years.

``I struggled right when I got back from the injury because I was trying to do too much," Metcalfe said. "But I've started to play much better and gotten a lot of confidence lately."

Metcalfe has fielded offers from Central Florida, American and Marshall while Penn State, St. Bonaventure, Northwestern, Columbia, Illinois State and Northern Iowa have expressed interest. With the lack of quality big men still available, he could end up at an even higher level – if he wants.

``I want to go somewhere with a strong academic background," said Metcalfe, who scored a 1080 on the SAT. "That was the main reason why I came over, to get my degree. I also want to go somewhere I can get exposure because I want to play pro ball."

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