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2021 Guard Blake Wesley Talks Notre Dame, Recruiting

August 22, 2019

After landing a local prospect earlier in the week, the Notre Dame men’s basketball program is halfway through a plan to keep a pair of talented 2021 high school stars home for a few more years.

2021 St. Joseph High School swingman JR Konieczny committed to the Irish on Sunday evening and now the Notre Dame staff is turning its attention to Riley High School combo guard Blake Wesley.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Wesley says most of his contact with the Irish is directly with head coach Mike Brey.

“He says he wants me and JR to be at Notre Dame,” Wesley explains.

While they’re at different high schools, Wesley says he and Konieczny are close.

“Yeah, we text every day,” he says.

And he wasn’t caught off guard by his friend’s decision.

“I knew it was coming,” Wesley says of Konieczny’s announcement. “He said he loved Notre Dame.

“He can shoot the ball really well and Notre Dame is a shooting team, so that’s a perfect fit for him.”

Will it end up being the perfect fit for Wesley, who also has scholarship offers from schools like Indiana, Purdue, Butler and DePaul among others?

Maybe so.

“I like Notre Dame,” Wesley says. “I didn’t know Notre Dame had facilities like that. I liked it. It was real nice.

“I love the Notre Dame football team. I love the campus. It’s real laidback. It’s real big, but it’s real laidback.”

He’s also impressed with Brey so far.

“He put me in the film room and said I could play,” Wesley recalls. “He said he’d let me play. He just wants me and JR to be the dynamic duo and take them to the NCAA Tournament and help them win a national championship.”

That struck Wesley.

“No other coaches have said that,” he says.

And while Konieczny staying home by itself isn’t going to wrap up Wesley, it certainly won’t hurt.

“Yeah, I’d like to play with JR,” he says.

Wesley doesn’t have a timeline for a decision and though he’s looking at getting to Ohio State and Purdue in the future, he has no firm plans to get back on the campus closest to him just yet.

The final decision will probably come down to feel and on-court style.

“Really, who fits best for me, who fits my style of play,” he says.

So how does he think the Irish’s style fits him?

“It fits real good. It fits me.”

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