Broghammer Picks Up ND Offer

It's only happened once, but it was a big day in young Mike Broghammer's basketball career.

Last summer, in a game of post play one-on-one, Mike Broghammer and his uncle Christian Laettner battled back and forth in a physical contest.

"I beat him 11-10," Broghammer stated.

Not bad for a then soon to be high school junior, against a former collegiate All-American and NBA player.

Broghammer certainly wasn't bad last weekend at the Nike Peach Jam Tournament in North Augusta, South Carolina. Playing with his Pulley Panthers AAU team, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Minnetonka, Minn., product showed out against some of the nations top competition. Broghammer's performance earned him a few more scholarship offers, including a call from Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey.

"He was telling me I had a great weekend and he would love for me to come play with them, and he offered me a scholarship," Broghammer explained. Brey was there to watch him in person the first day of the tournament.

"He said they have a couple seniors that are graduating at my position, and I'd probably play decent minutes my freshman year if I ended up going there.

"I was very excited. My parents are really stoked about it. My mom loved it because she loves the church factor of it. They're really excited."

Broghammer also picked up scholarship offers from Penn State and Santa Clara. Other full rides the Hopkins Senior High standout has are from Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Western Michigan, Cal Poly, Iowa, SMU, Penn State, Colorado State and Lehigh.

"I don't have any favorites yet," he said, adding that he will ink somewhere during the early signing period in November.

"The coaching staff and how well I get along with the coaches and players, is going to be a big decider for me."

Hopkins is one of Minnesota's premier basketball programs, and last season Broghammer averaged around 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots per game.

"I'm mostly a defensive player, and I rebound and I like to run the floor on fast breaks and stuff," Broghammer explained.

Last basketball season, Broghammer took a visit to Notre Dame, checking out the campus, watching a team practice, and taking in a game.

On that trip, the Irish coaching staff hadn't really seen Broghammer play, and weren't close to offering him a scholarship. Now that he has the ticket to go to Notre Dame, Broghammer said he'll definitely make another visit before making a verbal commitment somewhere.

"I liked it a lot," Broghammer stated. "A great school. I'm catholic. That makes it that much better for it being a private catholic school. I really liked the setup of the whole thing and had a great experience.

"I could really see myself going there. They're a pretty successful program in the Big East. I've always kind of liked the Big East and the style of play there. It's a more aggressive style of play. I like their whole concept on things.

"The school part of it is huge. The alumni they have and all the contacts they have all over the world."

Broghammer has been using his best contact, his uncle Christian, to help him out with the recruiting process.

"Some coaches that know him have been contacting him personally," Broghammer said.

"(Coach Brey) talked to him before he talked to me. I think, but I'm not positive."

Brey was an assistant on the Duke staff when Laettner was a standout there. Maybe next time they talk, Brey can ask him about that one-on-one game. Top Stories