Meet The Class: Irish Sign Trio

Mike Brey put together a versatile Class of 2016 with his three-man haul. Irish Illustrated introduces four-star point guard Temple Gibbs, wing Nikola Djogo and forward John Mooney with recaps, quotes and scouting reports.

Recruiting Recap: Things happened pretty quick between Djogo and Notre Dame. Mike Brey and Anthony Solomon watched Djogo work out in September at the Athlete Institute, where he’s a teammate of five-star forward and Irish target Thon Maker. Djogo impressed, netting an offer within 24 hours. He visited South Bend in October with his father and committed days after the trip. Djogo could have played out the season as an uncommitted prospect or taken more visits. Instead, he went with Notre Dame as his college destination.

Quotable: “One of the main selling points, especially when I talked to coach Brey, a lot of the other coaches recruited me as just a one, just a two or just a three. They wanted to solidify me into a certain position. Coach Brey told me he wanted to play me all over. Knowing that he wants me to play with that level of freedom is something that makes me feel comfortable going there.” - Djogo

Scouting Report: “Notre Dame is getting a high character kid. From a basketball standpoint, Nikola is a big combo guard with a high level of skill, IQ and athleticism. A lefty that can shoot it at a high clip, and brings with him national team experience, having played alongside talented guards like Kentucky super freshman Jamal Murray, Utah commitment Koby McEwan and recent VCU commitment Marquel Fraser.” - Tariq Sbiet, NorthPoleHoops national scout

Recruiting Recap: Gibbs turned into a priority target for Notre Dame last season with a scholarship offer. That interest only increased during the spring AAU sessions, where Brey and staff tracked Gibbs religiously. He committed in May shortly after wrapping up an unofficial visit, making him the first commitment for Brey in this class. Gibbs comes from athletic bloodlines as his father played football at Temple and both brothers play Division I basketball.

Quotable: “I knew the system before. But it really clicked when me and coach Brey got to sit down and we talked. And then me and coach (Anthony Solomon) really talked. When I got to campus and met the team and saw the kids that I’d be playing with, just knowing we hit it off right away. I also knew a couple kids from the recruiting class (before). I know Eli (Burns) and I knew Matt (Ryan). I got to meet Rex (Pflueger) when I went down there again. It was just amazing.” - Gibbs

Scouting Report: “Temple Gibbs is a competitive combo guard who has the size to play either spot in the backcourt. He likes to attack off the dribble, and while not a great athlete he can score over size in the lane. Also he is a solid shooter who is more than capable of making shots, especially off the catch. Gibbs needs to be more consistent with his production, but he has versatility within the backcourt and fits the way Mike Brey likes to play giving his guards a lot of freedom.” - Brian Snow, basketball recruiting analyst

Recruiting Recap: Mooney had been set on a destination for years before reopening his recruitment, which paved the way for him to end up at Notre Dame. Billy Donovan secured a commitment from Mooney while the head coach at Florida. But his departure for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder set forth a chain of events that would lead Mooney to exploring other options. Notre Dame became seriously involved in a hurry, getting Mooney on campus for an official visit the first week of September. He committed about a day after getting back home.

Quotable: “There’s no doubt in my mind that I landed at the best spot for me. I couldn’t be more thankful. I definitely learned a lot going through the process. I know it’s a unique kind of situation with me but, like I said, very thankful with what coach Brey and his staff have seen in me. I’m excited to get on campus next year.” - Mooney

Scouting Report: “You talk to most of the coaches and the first thing you notice is how well he passes the ball. Growing up, he was always the point guard up until seventh or eighth grade for every team he played. He’d be the biggest guy on the court and pretty much break the press himself. His unselfishness, the way he sees the floor, the way he handles the ball. Now his outside shot has developed. He’s going to make coach Brey and excellent stretch four.” - Mike Cuff, Lake Brantley High School head coach Top Stories