Mike Brey and his staff have done a terrific job recruiting local talent to come to Notre Dame lately. South Bend natives Blake Wesley and J.R. Konieczny were freshmen on this past year’s team. Wesley was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs after this past season, and Konieczny is about to play in a Dream Team anniversary event in Barcelona. The Irish now hope to get big returns out of Mishawaka’s Markus Burton, a Penn student who has announced his commitment to the program:
— Tom Noie (@tnoieNDI) July 29, 2022
Take a look at Burton’s offer timeline. Notre Dame was by far the biggest school to make an offer, and he needed considerably less time to think about it. He helped his own cause by playing well this summer, and the Irish obviously decided to strike while his stock was high.
It’s been a long time since the Irish had a player who was only 5-foot-10, which is Burton’s height. You have to go back to Tory Jackson (5-foot-11) in 2010 to find the last Irish player under 6 feet. However, Brey obviously didn’t take height into account when recruiting Burton. As long as he can bring something to the team, which Brey thinks he can, he’ll be a success with his hometown school.
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