He never said that came from Brey and he also said that Brey would like to sign at LEAST ONE HS SENIOR and NOT JUST ONE.
Brey has said he is not worried now about ND and 2014 verbals and is optimistic about the fall visits with these recruits.
Let's say Brey signs 2-2014 kids, which I believe he will. In the spring he will still have at least 1 SS, likely 2 (Grant), and maybe 3 (Katenda). When do transfers become available- yes in the spring.
In 2014-15 big man options will be Zach, Burgett, Katanda, and Torres or in other words, Zach and 3 question marks, with Torres at best being a contributor by his 3rd season. He has some PT to sell and he is not stuck on the "4 spot" being played on 6'8 to 6'9 player. He is open to a 6'6 to 6'7 athlete such as Robinson or Travis or Colson.
When Noie notes big man transfers, he seems to forget they would not be able to play unitl 15-16 which does ND no good for 14-15. Obviously the 5th year grad/transfer rule is the exception where they can help and when do these players look for a new home- yes the spring.
I have no idea how good Geben is. From what I have read, he could be another Rob Kurz. I know some other good programs are interested in him. As far as Wiltjer, IMO he is the 6'9 version of Colin Falls- which is to say he is for the most part a very one dimensional player. Could he have guarded 4's in th BE, probably. In the ACC, that could be a problem.
[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]
Great having the chat back, Tom. Any concerns that there isn't a verbal commit in the 2014 class yet? I remember having at least two in last year's class at this point in the summer.
Thursday July 18, 2013 12:09 Dave (Washington, DC)
No concern whatsoever that Notre Dame doesn't have a commitment from a prospect who will be a senior in the fall. And here's why:
Notre Dame has three scholarships - at the least - to offer high school seniors. The Irish will lose Eric Atkins, Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman. Two bigs and a guard.
Given that Mike Brey aims every year to stay old, I think he'd prefer to sign at least one high school senior (Devin Robinson? Martin Geben?) and take not one, but two transfer big men. That addresses the Irish need for size as well as keeps the program old.
Also keep in mind that eight of the 13 scholarship players will be freshmen or sophomores this season. There's talent in the underclassmen, and there's also questions.
Most pressing right now is to figure out if Eric Katenda can overcome his health issues and contribute and determine if Austin Burgett can be a true stretch-4 guy like Rob Kurz or Scott Martin. If both can play, that changes the seemingly immediate need to sign a prep player or two.
If both can't, then the lack of a commitment make catch up to the coaching staff. But there's so much unknown right now.