Claxton adds Irish to growing list

After a big AAU spring, three-star forward Nicolas Claxton has a long list of programs in pursuit. Notre Dame joined the mix this week and Claxton already has a strong relationship with assistant Anthony Solomon.

Nicolas Claxton emerged from the spring AAU circuit needing to check his phone more than usual.

Several programs have formally started to chase the three-star forward from Greenville, S.C., by making offers. Notre Dame made its move earlier this week. Iowa State, N.C. State and Texas A&M have also joined the picture recently.

Other offers include Arizona, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, USC and Wake Forest.

“It's been crazy,” Claxton said. “Very humbling to me. There’s just a lot of options, a lot of great schools.”

Notre Dame started evaluating Claxton during the school season. Assistant coach Anthony Solomon has made the trip to Legacy Charter School to visit the 6-foot-8, 200-pound prospect.

Head coach Mike Brey has also joined the mix in terms of communication.

“It was towards my high school season they came and watched me play a game at Legacy High School,” Claxton said. “I have a real good relationship with coach Solomon. He came for a visit at Legacy. We sat down and talked for awhile. I’m starting to get to know coach Brey better.”

Claxton has researched the Irish as well. He noted the “freedom” they play with on offense and caught some games during their NCAA tournament run.

Solomon has also told Claxton where the coaching staff envisions him in their system. They’ve talked about some things off the court as well.

“I like how they have a small amount of students,” said Claxton, who’s taken unofficial visits to Clemson and Georgia. “He said as far as on the court, they want to use me in kind of a V.J. Beachem role.”

While Claxton continues to learn about Notre Dame, other programs hold a familiarity edge. Claxton listed Florida State, Maryland, Georgia, Baylor and South Carolina as his most comfortable.

But right now Claxton plans to keep things even while sorting through all options. Fall official visits are likely.

“I’m wide open for right now but I’m gonna cut my list down toward the end of July and probably make my decision during the fall,” Claxton said.


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