Tim Finke started carving a path toward his Notre Dame offer last fall.
Assistant coach Anthony Solomon made the trip to Champaign, Ill., for a look at the four-star sophomore guard during Central High School workouts. Finke’s father is the head coach at Central, so Solomon could maintain contact that way.
Solomon and head coach Mike Brey followed up by tracking Finke’s progress this spring as he ran with the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike circuit. They liked what they saw enough to offer.
Finke is the second prospect in the Class of 2018 to add a Notre Dame offer, following fellow four-star guard Robby Carmody.
“(Brey) said he likes the way I move without the ball,” Finke said. “Just always staying active, he really thought that was one of my big strengths. Then he liked how I can shoot it as well. That’s basically what he touched on the most.”
Notre Dame is familiar to Finke, whose brother heard some from the Irish. Michael Finke ended up signing with Illinois and remains part of the program.
The younger Finke noted consecutive Elite Eight runs among the things that stand out.
“I definitely know a lot about them,” he said. “But I’m gonna take my time to look into them and look into every other school that I’m getting recruited by a lot this fall. I think it’s gonna be a big fall just determining what I like in a school and everything along those lines. Just seeing what fits me and how I can benefit.”
Finke added Notre Dame to an offer list that includes Creighton, DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Saint Louis and UIC. Several other programs have been showing Finke interest coming out of the spring.
The next step is to see who makes contact with the 6-foot-6, 195-pound prospect in June when coaches can reach out directly.
“It’s been going really well,” Finke said. “My dad is actually my high school coach, so schools can contact him. I’ve been hearing from some schools along the lines of Oregon and Virginia just to name a couple off the top of my head. Quite a few schools are coming in. It’ll be interesting once June rolls around and they can contact me. I’m looking forward to that.”
Finke anticipates several school visits during the fall as he begins to seriously weigh his options. Illinois represents the hometown school with his brother already on the roster, but he wants to keep other potential spots in play.
“I'm just focused on the Eagles and my school team,” Finke said. “I’m not directly focused on if I’m going to Illinois or somewhere else right now. Like I said, I think this fall will be pretty big to see what I like in a school. I’m not committing today. I’m not looking at it like that. I’m just taking my time.”