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2023 Hoops Target TJ Power Feeling Good About Notre Dame Following Official

June 29, 2022
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TJ Power‍ finally got a look at Notre Dame when the top 2023 Massachusetts hoops prospect took an official visit to South Bend earlier this month.

“It was really good,” the 6-foot-8, 210-pounder told ISD. “Just seeing the campus and how beautiful it was and the area was big.”

Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey has been leading up Power’s recruitment while head coach Mike Brey has been taking a personal interest as well.

“Of course, I spent a lot of time with Coach Humphrey, he was showing me around and I spent a good amount of time with Coach Brey and the whole coaching staff,” the Worcester Academy star said.

“It was good to get to know them and their plans for the season and what they want to bring in this upcoming season and how they see me fitting there. We also talked about the baseball side of things too, so it was really good.”

Brey’s explanation of how they view Power as a player certainly made an impression.

“He said he sees me as more of a guard, which is music to my ears,” Power said. “I think I can handle it really well for my size. He said he likes big guards, kids who can see over the top, make passes and knock down threes.”

In addition to Notre Dame, Power also has offers from Virginia, Boston College, Providence, Iowa, Indiana, Miami, Georgetown, Penn State, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Wake Forest, USC and Xavier among many others. But not many – if any – other programs have talked about him playing guard.

“It’s kind of unique,” said Power.

After spending time with the current players on the team, Power believes he’d fit “really well” with them.

“We had dinner at Coach Brey’s house and then watched the Celtics game at one of their apartments,” he said. “They’re all really cool dudes who value the same things I value with academics and being diligent in the gym. I think I would fit in well with the whole culture there.

“Just watching the first practice; the way they move the ball and encourage each other was cool to see because I play the same way.”

A standout pitcher, Power also got a peek at the Irish baseball program.

“It was definitely good energy there with the baseball team playing well,” he said. “I got to go over there my last day and see the baseball facilities, go on the field and stuff and talk to one of the managers. Coach Brey seems open to that.

“With Pat Connaughton doing it, there’s a framework there to do it. He said, ‘This is a place you come and do both,’ which was good to hear.”

Prior to Notre Dame, Power took an official visit to Virginia and had plans for unofficials to Providence and Boston College.

He doesn’t have a firm timeframe for a decision.

“It’s kind of up in the air right now,” he said. “My initial timeline was designing in the fall, but my recruitment is picking up a lot and it can get overwhelming. Maybe I’ll start to narrow it down sooner, but I don’t have anything set in stone right now.”

Brey and Humphrey made their way to Connecticut a week after the visit to watch Power play in the NEPSAC Showcase.

“I feel really good about Notre Dame,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a good opportunity to play really early there while the academic side is the best of the best. I feel really good about Notre Dame.”

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