NCB On The Trail: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey added the second piece to his 2014 recruiting class on Monday morning when four-star recruit Bonzie Colson (Fall River, Mass./St. Andrew’s) announced his commitment at his high school.


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Momentum is a powerful thing in the world of college basketball recruiting. While it tends to be a constant for a select few national powerhouses like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas, virtually all other programs in the country are constantly competing for any edge that can push them to that next level.

In the wake of our initial 2014 ESPN 100 player rankings release last week and as we start a team-by-team breakdown of 2014 recruiting targets by conference over the next two weeks, here’s a look at five college hoops programs that are heading into the 2014 recruiting class with some very positive momentum.

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Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

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USA Basketball announced on Sunday the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).

The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).

The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Notre Dame's No. 10 class is official 

November, 14, 2012
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The University of Notre Dame announced its 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Signing letters of intent with the Fighting Irish were a trio of ESPN 100 prospects: PG Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), SG Steve Vasturia (Medford, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep) and SF V.J. Beachem (New Haven, Ind./New Haven) along with PF Austin Torres (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn).

"We felt that we needed to strengthen our perimeter game with this year's class and I really think that we accomplished that," head coach Mike Brey said. "Our current guards, [Eric] Atkins and [Jerian] Grant, believe it or not, are getting older. We feel we accomplished our needs with the three players we added [Beachem, Jackson and Vasturia] and then strengthened our frontline with a young man [Torres] who is an active player around the basket. This is a heck of a class for us and it keeps our perimeter strength in great shape for years to come."

Brey's class checks in at No. 10 on ESPN's RecruitingNation.

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Notre Dame adds PF Austin Torres 

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Forward Austin Torres (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) switched courses on Monday night, offering a verbal commitment to Notre Dame just a week after pledging to Central Michigan, The South Bend Tribune reported.

Torres is an AAU teammate of recent ND pledge and ESPN 100 point guard Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian). Head coach Mike Brey offered Torres after Jackson announced his decision on Thursday.

"It's crazy," Torres told the paper late Monday. "It's been a dream of mine forever to go to Notre Dame. I've been to so many basketball games, so many soccer games."

Torres joins a top-five recruiting class for the Irish which features three ESPN 100 prospects including Jackson, SG Steve Vasturia (Medford, N.J./St. Joseph's) and SF V.J. Beachem (New Haven, Ind./New Haven).

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Jackson's decision to highlight RecruitingNation 

September, 27, 2012
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Thursday's RecruitingNation on ESPNU will be highlighted by the announcement of point guard Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).

The 19th ranked player in the ESPN 100 will decide between Illinois and Notre Dame.

ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi will break down Jackson's decision and also analyze the top remaining point guards in the 2013 class. Some names include Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md./Suitland) and Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Douglass).

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Schuyler Rimmer no longer headed to UF 

September, 17, 2012
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ESPN.com has confirmed that power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Orlando, Fla./Boone) is no longer committed to Florida.

Rimmer was expected to walk on in Gainesville and then receive a scholarship as a sophomore. Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Stanford and South Carolina are schools after the three-star player.

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