Irish move on Montgomery-Delaurier
Javin Montgomery-DeLaurier is starting to reap the rewards of development.
Hours after the second spring live period ended, the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Montgomery-Delaurier started to field calls from coaches wanting to offer scholarships. Notre Dame, Baylor and Marquette all phoned Monday. The rising senior returned from an AAU tournament in Indianapolis late Sunday.
“It’s been a great experience,” he said. “I’m very grateful just to see all the work that I’ve put in start to pay off. It’s nice. It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people — my parents, my coaches. It’s nice but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Notre Dame began expressing interest in the forward from Charlottesville, Va., during the school season when assistant Anthony Solomon made a stop at St. Anne’s-Belfield.
Solomon and head coach Mike Brey followed up by watching Montgomery-Delaurier run with Team Loaded last weekend in Indianapolis before extending an offer.
“I’ve seen coach Solomon before,” Montgomery-Delaurier said. “He came and made a visit during the high school season and I’ve gotten a lot of stuff in the mail. I had known there was some interest. (Last) weekend out in Indianapolis I saw coach Brey. I was hopeful. Didn’t know for sure. But was definitely grateful when I got the offer.”
Cincinnati, Clemson, George Washington, Miami, Richmond, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Xavier are other offers on the table. Solomon talked about what the Irish bring to the table independent of other suitors.
“Coach Solomon was talking about how he’s a Virginia guy and he wants to get a Virginia guy out to South Bend,” Montgomery-Delaurier said. “It was a great conversation. We just talked about what an awesome place Notre Dame is. It’s a great program and they’re great academically. It was a great conversation.”
Montgomery-Delaurier plans to consider all suitors through the July evaluation period, which will represent a last run through the AAU circuit with Team Loaded before official visit season begins.
Notre Dame, however, is likely to survive through whatever cuts come after July.
“It’s tough,” Montgomery-Delaurier said. “With the schools that have been involved for awhile, I already have relationships with the coaching staffs. I guess the schools that do get involved later do have to play some catch up to be quite honest. But obviously, with schools with the prestige of Notre Dame it’s a little different. I try to keep it balanced.”