Notre Dame basketball knows its backyard.
It just happens to be a few hundred miles away.
That showed again Wednesday night when the Irish scored a commitment from four-star point guard Prentiss Hubb of Gonzaga Prep in Washington, D.C. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound athlete rates as the nation’s No. 27 overall prospect in the 2018 class and No. 8 among point guards.
Hubb had cut his list to a final six of Notre Dame, Kansas, Syracuse, Villanova, Maryland and Virginia.
Hubb is the first commitment in Notre Dame’s current class after the Irish landed just one signee last cycle in four-star win D.J. Harvey of Dematha Catholic outside Washington D.C. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Harvey finished as the nation’s No. 43 overall prospect last cycle on Scout.com.
Brey started his coaching career at Dematha.
As for Hubb, he took a visit to Notre Dame in the past month, with high hopes going into the look at Mike Brey’s program and high marks coming out.
"I just want to see what they have to offer," Hubb told Scout before the visit. "I haven’t had a chance to be on the campus and really sit down and talk with the coaches, so this will be a great chance to do that.
"They just tell me how they always have good guards, and their playing style is built around their guards making plays."
Before the visit Hubb said he didn’t have a timeline for making a decision.
Hubb should have a chance to play early with Matt Farrell entering his final season of eligibility and T.J. Gibbs now entering his sophomore season. That would put two years between Gibbs and Hubb, allowing Notre Dame’s newest commitment to learn Brey’s system while playing but not necessarily through starting out of the gate.
That’s all fine by Notre Dame, whose recruiting identity continues to have a Washington D.C. feel that suits Mike Brey perfectly.