Having already landed one guard in its 2016 recruiting class in talented point guard T.J. Gibbs, Notre Dame landed a second Wednesday night. 6-foot-6 guard Nikola Djogo, who attends Athlete Institute/Orangeville Prep in Canada, announced via Twitter that he will play his college basketball for Mike Brey.
Djogo joins Gibbs and forward John Mooney in Notre Dame’s 2016 recruiting class at this point in time.
This fall the left-handed Djogo will play for an Orangeville Prep program that last year had Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray and 2016 five-star forward Thon Maker on its roster. Djogo was a member of Canada’s U17 national team in the summer of 2014, playing in a reserve role at the FIBA U17 World Championships, and he finished with averages of 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Djogo has the versatility to play multiple positions on the perimeter (likely the two or three at Notre Dame given the presence of Gibbs), which should mesh well with what Notre Dame likes to do offensively in having multiple guards capable of making plays. The Fighting Irish don’t have a senior in their current backcourt, with Demetrius Jackson and Steve Vasturia both being juniors.
But in the case of Jackson, who’s projected by Draft Express to be a first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, it doesn’t hurt to add some depth with an eye towards the possibility of this being his final season in South Bend.
Just a couple days removed from taking his first official visit, one of the top power forwards in the Class of 2016 has reportedly cut his school list to six.
As first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Javin DeLaurier has narrowed his school list to Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas. DeLaurier, who played alongside Kentucky commit Sacha Killeya-Jones at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships on the Team Loaded VA team that won the event, took an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend.
Also of note in the report is that DeLaurier has three other official visits set up: Texas this upcoming weekend, Stanford beginning October 10 and Duke beginning October 24.
Notre Dame, which also hosted commits T.J. Gibbs and John Mooney during the football team’s shellacking of Texas, has to account for the eventual loss of two seniors in its front court in Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett. Add in the fact that the Fighting Irish did not add a scholarship freshman to its front court in the Class of 2015, and it’s understandable that Mooney and DeLaurier would be important recruiting targets for them.
Texas, which like Notre Dame did not bring in a big man in its 2015 recruiting class, has three seniors in its front court in Connor Lammert, Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh. Stanford and Duke have seniors in their respective front courts, but they also have some young players to build with. The Cardinal added Josh Sharma to a group that includes sophomores Michael Humphrey and Reid Travis, and Duke has Rice transfer Sean Obi and freshman Chase Jeter on board.
Arizona (three seniors) and North Carolina (two seniors, two juniors) are both in positions similar to that of Notre Dame and Texas, as they have multiple upperclassmen in their respective front court rotations entering the 2015-16 campaign. It should be noted that in the case of Arizona the Wildcats added multiple freshmen to their front court rotation (Ray Smith and Chance Comanche), while North Carolina (which received a commitment from Tony Bradley Jr. last week) adds just one in Luke Maye.
Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger is coming into the program after a solid prep career in California and he’s already making an impression by throwing down some impressive dunks.
The former four-star recruit will have a chance to earn minutes on the wing this season, but for now, he’s throwing down some high-level dunks in workouts.