Brey checks on 5-star bigs

One week between games offered Mike Brey and staff a chance to hit the road recruiting Brey watched a pair of five-star big men while assistant Martin Ingelsby traveled to the Minneapolis area for a game.

Introductions weren’t needed when a Notre Dame assistant showed up earlier this week to watch Nathan Reuvers play.

Reuvers, a junior, is well versed in all things Irish. His father is an alum, same goes for two siblings, another sibling is in school there now and yet another just got accepted. The power forward from Lakeville, Minn., has been going to football season openers with his family for years.

“We always go to the home opener for football every year,” Reuvers said. “We have a house down there. We’re always following the team and watching every game that we can.”

Assistant Martin Ingelsby was on hand Tuesday as Reuvers led Lakeville North into a game with top-ranked Apple Valley, which featured some talent of its own.

Five-star junior guard Gary Trent Jr. is the headliner, although he didn’t play. Trent’s father, Gary, starred at Ohio University before playing 10 years in the NBA and then some in Europe. Four-star sophomore guard Tre Jones, the younger brother of former five-star prospect and Duke guard Tyus Jones, scored 34 points to help Apple Valley to a 70-62 win.

Reuvers scored 16 points for sixth-ranked Lakeville North in the loss.

“I played a good game,” Reuvers said. “I got some defensive rebounds and was scoring. I think the one thing I need to do is hit some more shots. I got my shots up in the game, got some good looks. They just didn’t all fall at the end of the game.”

Air Force, Boston University, Cornell, Creighton, DePaul, Green Bay Penn, San Diego and Santa Clara are among the programs from which Reuvers has already received offers.

Notre Dame joins a growing list of high majors to show more attention. Wisconsin visited a couple weeks ago and in-state Minnesota has been keeping tabs as well. Reuvers actually reached out to the Irish to see where things might go.

“I really appreciate it,” Reuvers said. “I’d love to get a scholarship offer from the program. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I’d go there. I know they’re a great school, which is high on my list. I’d also like to get the chance to play, get a lot of playing time too.”

Reuvers has already visited about 10 of the programs on his list. He’s been communicating most with Creighton, DePaul and Boston University along with a few others.

Right now the plan is to play things out through the spring AAU circuit — Reuvers will play with D1 Minnesota — then begin cutting the list down when the real contenders are more defined. He hopes to have the list cut down in time for fall official visits and the early signing period.

Already Reuvers is starting to see which ones might meet his requirements.

“Definitely academics are high in my family since all my siblings have gone to Notre Dame just solely based off academics,” Reuvers said. “That’s really high in my household. That’s kinda the main thing I’m looking for along with also playing at a high level and having a chance to actually play. I don’t wanna be riding the bench for most of my career then coming in at the later part.”

Brey scouts elite big men

Head coach Mike Brey hit the road for a look at a couple five-star post players this week.

First Brey made the trek to Canada for another look at Thon Maker, an unsigned senior. Maker listed Notre Dame, UNLV, St. John’s, Arizona State, Indiana and Kansas as the programs vying for his signature come April.

Maker has yet to take any official visits and continues to deny speculation that he could play overseas before entering the NBA Draft.

“I’ve said it so many times, I’m definitely not going overseas,” Maker told scout.com

Brey then made an appearance Wednesday in Atlanta at Pace Academy, which is home to five-star junior center Wendell Carter. Scout ranks Carter as the No. 3 player overall in the Class of 2017.

Carter already holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

“Wendell Carter is a terrific post prospect and one of the best three in the 2017 class,” said Scout.com director of basketball recruiting Evan Daniels. “At 6-foot-10, Carter has legitimate size for the position and where he's most effective is as a scorer in the paint. He has very good hands and touch around the goal. On the block, he's efficient and is equipped with hook shots and counters. He can even face and make short range shots. The early comparison is to current 76er Jahlil Okafor.”

4-star guard on the radar

Ingelsby checked on four-star shooting guard Brandon Randolph last week. Randolph already holds offers from Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, among others.


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