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Busy Day For Notre Dame Hoops In Class Of 2022

July 24, 2020

Busy day for the Notre Dame men’s basketball program as the Irish sent out several offers to prospects in the Class of 2022.

Just like everybody else, the Notre Dame staff is getting used to recruiting during an unprecedented period that has prevented prospects from making college visits. It’s also made it impossible for college coaches to get on the road and get in-person evaluations of rising juniors.

The staff would have loved the chance to see these prospects in person, but did as much film evaluation as possible and the Irish see these guys – along with 2021 forward DaRon Holmes, who was offered on Thursday – as the kinds of guys who will be the future of the program, it’s a future the coaches are excited about.

These aren’t the only guys on the board, 2022 center Donovan Clingan was offered at the start of the month, and we’d be surprised if we didn’t see more offers go out soon, but these are certainly players worth knowing and watching in the months to come.


The Nebraska native (pictured above) is another prospect who has seen his recruiting profile shoot through the this spring, adding offers from Stanford, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Iowa State this month to go with offers he already had from schools like Creighton and Nebraska among others.

The 6-foot-9, 195-pounder received a call from Brey today, who informed him that the Irish liked what they’d seen from Traudt in recent weeks and believe he’d be a fit stylistic for their system.

Traudt feels the same exact way, which is one reason he’s “really excited” about this offer. He knows the Irish value shooters and skilled players and he likes the way they emphasize playing the game over sticking guys in firm positions.

Academics is also big for Traudt and he knows what Notre Dame can offer from that standpoint.

He too will have a virtual visit with the coaching staff next week. He’s excited about seeing the campus and hearing more about the academic program.

He would “love” to visit South Bend once he’s allowed to.

He doesn’t have any favorites or timeline at this point.

Most important factors in his decision will be knowing the program fits his style of play (check) and having strong relationships with the coaches and players.


The New York native, who plays at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts, saw his recruitment explode with the opening of the contact period last month. The Irish didn’t jump in with an offer on June 15th, like Maryland, Marquette, Xavier, Virginia Tech and Boston College did. Louisville, Georgetown, Purdue, Iowa and Creighton quickly followed to go with offers from UCLA, Vanderbilt and Providence that he had already.

Still, Irish head coach Mike Brey did call the 6-foot-9, 200-pound skilled forward the very first day he could to express serious interest.

Brey called back on Friday and Filipowski was honored to land the offer from Notre Dame. He understands the program’s history in developing forwards and told ISD the offer “means a great deal to me.”

Filipowski doesn’t have a list of favorites at this point and is considering all of his offers, but his coach, Mike Mannix, has strong relationships with the coaches in South Bend and has a great deal of respect for the program.

Filipowski will have a Zoom call with the staff and a virtual visit “soon.” He’s hoping to get a better feel of the school, program, campus and the people in South Bend.

He doesn’t have any timeline for narrowing his list or making a decision, but Notre Dame should be in this race for the long haul.


The Westminster Academy star started piling up the offers last fall, when Wake Forest, Florida and Iowa State came in. The 6-foot-8, 190-pounder added LSU, Maryland, Clemson earlier this month and Auburn and Virginia Tech last month.

He’s been on the Irish’s radar for a while now and was one of the prospects they reached out to at the start of the month.

One source descived Middlebrooks as a “physically tough kid. Likes to play in contact. Can finish with both hands. Has the ability to step out beyind the 3 and knock down a shot. Kind of like a mixture between (John) Mooney and (Jack) Cooley.”


Notre Dame basketball on Friday offered 2022 five-star point guard Jaden Bradley, a consensus top-20 national prospect with 30 NCAA Division I offers.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard, a North Carolina native preparing to finish his prep career at IMG Academy, had emerged as a Notre Dame target following some mutual interest.

Irish head coach Mike Brey and his Notre Dame staff made the call Friday midday to make the scholarship offer to Bradley, who has excelled both in the classroom and on the hardwood.

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