In three days, in 72 hours Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team led by new head coach Micah Schrewsberry went from having five guys on a roster to having eight guys on a roster, having some depth, something last year’s team was not accustomed to having. Coincidently, all the commitments happened to be former Penn State signees that are going to be freshmen, including Braeden Shrewsberry, the head coach’s son. Along with Braeden, Carey Booth and now Logan Imes committed to South Bend. Imes is a three-star shooting guard from Zionsville, Indiana, Booth is a four-star power forward from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and is ranked 69th in his class, and Shrewsberry is a three-star shooting guard as well, from State College, Pennsylvania. These freshmen join Markus Burton as he is the only freshman from Notre Dame not to decommit when former coach Mike Brey announced he is resigning after 23 years. The former Penn State signees will be a great addition and here’s how they’ll fit in.
Notre Dame lost freshmen Ven Allen Lubin, 5th-year senior Robby Carmody, freshmen JJ Starling, senior Cormac Ryan, Nate Laszewski, Marcus Hammond, Trey Wertz, and Dane Goodwin to the graduation, freshmen Dom Campbell, freshmen commit Brady Dunlap, and freshmen commit Parker Friedrichsen. They return Alex Wade, J.R. Konieczny, Matt Zona, and Tony Sanders Jr. They acquired a transfer in Julian Roper II from Northwestern. The roles of the freshmen depend on if coach Shrewsberry attacks the portal more than he has done Monday through Wednesday. Roper will most likely come off the bench, so either Konieczny or Booth will get the starting nod off the bat. Konieczny came in with Blake Wesley who is entering his second year with the San Antonio Spurs. So he deserves an opportunity but you can’t say Booth doesn’t either. Is Booth too short for a small forward spot? Or Konieczny? Sanders and either Wade/Imes/Shrewsberry will get the second guard spot and will fight it out in the fall. Imes has the edge if I had to guess right now. Wade, Roper, and Shrewsberry will come off the bench if I was Micah Shrewsberry.
High School Success
Imes, in high school, averaged 16.9 points per game five rebounds per game, and three assists per game, but had a poor shooting percentage, shooting 33% from the field and 34% from deep. That will grow with some patience and growing pains. Booth in high school could stretch the floor and is a consistent floor spacer. He is six foot nine, so the upside of size and skill is there. Scouts say he is a work-in-progress project for Shrewsberry, but others say the complete opposite. Could he be a one-and-done or a project? For Braeden Shrewsberry, he brought his team to a deep playoff run before he got injured. He is ranked as the 183rd prospect in the nation and the 32nd shooting guard in the nation in his class. Shrewsberry and Imes played on the same AAU basketball team so their chemistry could be better than expected. They join Mr. Basketball, Markus Burton next season as the 2023 freshmen class, for now.
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