Notre Dame now has two commitments in the Class of 2016 with room for at least one more. Irish Illustrated updates the Master List to reflect movement after the first big official visit weekend.
Committed on May 3
Gibbs returned to Notre Dame on an official visit for the Texas football weekend, his first trip back since committing in the spring. Mike Brey landed a talented, steady lead guard as an heir apparent to Demetrius Jackson.
Scouting report: Notre Dame started recruiting in the Class of 2016 with a bang by scoring a commitment from four-star guard Temple Gibbs in the spring. Gibbs has athletic bloodlines — his father played football at Temple and both older brothers played major college basketball. Ashton starred at Pittsburgh. Sterling signed with Texas, transferred to Seton Hall and will play out his fifth year at Connecticut. Gibbs put together a strong offseason as one of the top scorers at NBPA Top 100 Camp. He averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game for Playaz Basketball Club at Peach Jam in July, capping off a run through the rugged NIKE EYBL circuit. Gibbs gives Brey a talented prospect to groom behind Demetrius Jackson. That timeline could be accelerated if Jackson departs after his junior season, part of the reason why the Irish felt they needed to take a point guard in this class.
Scouting report: Notre Dame liked four-star prospect Kevin Huerter enough to stay involved even without much of a shooting guard need. Huerter scheduled an official visit but instead committed to Maryland after a trip to College Park. Eron Gordon had briefly been in the mix but the Irish have since moved on.
Committed Oct. 14
Notre Dame stumbled upon Djogo during an Orangeville Prep scrimmage while visiting five-star big man Thon Maker. Brey didn’t hesitate to offer and Djogo is targeting the Navy football weekend to visit.
Scouting report: Brey has been selective in recruiting this position. Five-star Tyus Battle (Syracuse) hit the radar last season then DeAndre Hunter became a target before giving Virginia a commitment. Nikola Djogo emerged when Brey offered following an in-person viewing in early September. Djogo visited for the Navy football weekend and found a comfortable fit on and off the court, leading to a commitment a couple days later. He could’ve played the process out into the season, landed more offers and signed in the spring. Instead the Irish locked up a pledge. That gives them an extra recruiter in the ear of Thon Maker.
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Top Offers: Kansas, Kentucky, Texas
Update: Notre Dame made the short list then got the first official visit from Allen. He’s no scheduled to see Kansas and Kentucky as well. Notre Dame might seem like a long shot, but took a serious step forward with the visit.
Top Offers: Arizona State, Indiana, Kansas
Update: Maker had been planning to visit for the USC football weekend but still needs to take his standardized tests, so everything is getting pushed back. Either way, indications are he will visit at some point.
Committed Sept. 7
Mooney went from not on the recruiting board to in the commitment column in just about a month. Notre Dame scored a “pure stretch four” in the former Florida pledge. He should thrive in pick-and-roll situations.
Scouting report: Landing two bigs to close out the Class of 2016 has become a more difficult proposition during official visit season, but there remain a couple elite options. Brey struck once on Labor Day weekend by snagging a commitment from John Mooney, a former Florida pledge. Notre Dame benefitted from a positive referral by former Gators coach Billy Donovan then sealed the commitment with a Texas football weekend visit. Mooney profiles as the type of stretch four that’s succeeded in Brey’s system over the years. He can shoot out to three point range and is already physically developed at about 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds. Now where do the Irish turn next? Javin Delaurier came off the board to Duke and James Banks, who the Irish didn’t pursue too hard, committed to Texas. Notre Dame continues to effort on five-star prospects Jarrett Allen and Thon Maker. Allen could’ve visited for the USC football weekend but moved that trip all the way up to Navy. He gave the trip high marks and has taken note of the hard work assistant Anthony Solomon is doing to stay involved. Allen will now visit Kansas and Kentucky, the biggest question being how comfortable he feels at such high profile programs. Maker, a top 10 prospect and potential early entrant into the NBA Draft, got the scheduled in-home visit in early September and had hoped to officially visit in October, but those plans are on the shelf for now. Even with that, there’s real traction. Closing the class with one of Allen or Maker would represent a coup.