Kurz Thrilled to be Irish

<P>Rob Kurz made up his mind even before his visit. He knew he wanted to attend Notre Dame and the rest was all a formality. The William Penn Charter high school prospect in Philadelphia, PA enjoyed his unofficial visit earlier last fall and he had formed a bond with coach Mike Brey. The 6-8, 200-pound forward knew it was time to end the speculation and become a member of the Notre Dame family. </P>

Rob Kurz had plenty of schools interested and he chose the Irish over some great programs. "I chose Notre Dame over Indiana, Villanova and Stanford," said Kurz. "I made up my mind before the visit that I wanted to go to Notre Dame. I just felt it was the right time. I knew I wanted to be part of their program. I felt there was no sense in dragging this out and wasting the time of the other coaches recruiting me. I just felt it was the best place for me."

Kurz was sold on Notre Dame and sold on Brey. "I like the way he handles everything with his players. He has great player relationships and he really makes his players better. I've watched some of his younger players and they have developed and become much better players under him. I hope I can develop as much as they have and I think he can help me do that."

A football game was his first look at Notre Dame. "My first campus visit was for a football game. It was a lot of fun. I was impressed with everything about Notre Dame. The coaches, the players, the campus, the academics, Notre Dame was everything I was looking for in a school."

The Kurz family was very pleased with his decision to choose Notre Dame. "They were real excited for me. They said it would be my decision and they would support any decision I made. I could tell they were happy that I chose Notre Dame."

Kurz grew up cheering for North Carolina and he admits he was a big Tar Heel fan. "I liked North Carolina when I was younger. I was a big fan of Antoine Jamison. My Dad and I went to Final Four in 1997 when Arizona won it all. I loved watching them but Notre Dame is the best place for me."

The recruiting process was a great experience for Kurz. He really enjoyed the process and seemed flattered that so many schools were interested in him. "I enjoyed it a lot. I got to meet a lot of great people and it was hard to say no to them. It helped me realize what to look for in a school and made me focus on life after college. It was a great experience to go through."

The Philly prospect averaged 20 points a game and 11 rebounds last year. He had a solid junior season but Kurz knows he needs to improve his game. "I need to continue to get stronger," said Kurz on what he needs to improve on. "I need to develop my skills, my ball handling, my footwork and I need to work on getting more shots off."

Kurz has that mellow and pleasant personality off the court but he says he is a much different person on the court. "I am pretty laid back. On the court I'm much more aggressive. I take basketball very seriously and I am very much into the games. I'm a competitor and I don't like to lose."

Hopefully Kurz will make sure the Irish don't lose often while he is at Notre Dame.

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