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2022 Point Guard Aidan Braccia Hears From Notre Dame

July 3, 2020

Aidan Braccia knows what he’s looking for in a college and the 2022 California point guard is attracting interest from many of the schools that can offer those things.

Notre Dame is one of those schools and on the first day he could, head coach Mike Brey called the 6-foot-1, 160-pounder.

“He’s a great guy,” Braccia said of Brey. “Great coach, great person. He just wanted to reach out.”

The Sacred Heart Prep standout had already built the beginnings of a relationship with Irish assistant Ryan Humphrey before hearing from Brey.

“He talked to me about what he looks for in recruits, what he’s looking for in guys, what he’s going to be doing with their guys this coming year and how odd it’s going to be,” Braccia continued on Brey. “It was really a conversation to start off building a relationship and see where it goes from there in the next couple months and hopefully the next couple of years.”

Braccia has early offers from Hawaii, UAB and American University.

“All great coaching staffs, all great universities,” he said. “I was really happy to get offers from all three schools.”

The San Francisco native also received interest from several other programs.

“I’ve talked to a lot of other high academic schools,” he said. “I’ve talked to Stanford a bunch because they’re right down the street from me. I’ve building a relationship with them for the last year or so.

“Santa Clara is another high academic school right down the street. I’ve talked with Harvard, Yale, Bucknell, USCB. A bunch of high academics because that’s what I’m looking for at the college level.”

Braccia said it was “awesome” to hear from Brey and not just because he’s the head coach of another high academic program.

“I’ve been watching Notre Dame Basketball for the last five or six years,” he said. “I got into it during middle school. It’s always been awesome to watch them play and to talk to him and pick his brain a little bit was awesome.

Humphrey has also made a positive early impression.

“Just another great guy,” said Braccia. “He said he was interested in the player and the person, which I really like. He’s a super nice guy,”

Braccia said Brey told him the Irish like his feel on the court, how he plays with the ball and his toughness, which is virtually a prerequisite to being recruited by Notre Dame of late.

The rising junior understands it’s still early in his recruitment, but is looking forward to the process with the Irish.

“On my side of things, my recruitment is still very, very young,” he said. “Just building a relationship and for myself, just keep getting better to the point where hopefully I’m able to earn a scholarship and play there.

“For me, it’s just to keep getting better, keep building my game and reaching out here and there, sending videos and transcripts.”

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