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Forward Burke Chebuhar Explains Notre Dame Commitment

May 16, 2024
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Notre Dame’s Transfer Portal recruiting has ended as Lehigh graduate transfer Burke Chebuhar committed to the Irish on Thursday afternoon. 

The 6-foot-8 forward will be Notre Dame’s 13th and final scholarship player to round out the 2024-25 roster. 

Chebuhar was on campus last weekend for an official visit and choosing Notre Dame was an easy decision as it fit what he was looking for on and off the court. 

“My family and I loved it,” said Chebuhar, who will enroll in a one-year master’s program at the Mendoza College of Business. “We loved meeting the coaching staff and some of the players. We just saw the school and talked to the academic people. It was really a great fit for me all around with basketball and on the academic side. That balance was something I was looking for and I’m really excited to get up to Notre Dame.” 

Micah Shrewsberry and his staff left a significant impression on Chebuhar during the trip. The coaching style is always a key piece, but the chemistry between each coach has Chebuhar excited about his future. 

“They were all great guys,” explained Chebuhar. “You could tell they were super connected with each other and with their players. They care about the success of their guys on and off the court. I was super glad to get up there and meet all of them in person and learn a little bit about all of them.” 

Notre Dame’s players also made a positive impact during the visit as they answered Chebuhar’s questions, but also showed them the culture of the program. 

“I got to meet Kebba (Njie) and Braeden (Shrewsberry),” stated Chebuhar. “I was with them for a little bit. It was really nice to meet them and see how they are and how they like the school. They seemed like great people, so I’m excited to meet the rest of the team.”

Chebuhar spent the last three seasons at Lehigh and had his most productive season in 2023-24. As a senior, he averaged 7.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg while scoring in double figures in 10 games and also recorded three double-doubles. 

Shrewsberry’s NBA-style offense fits Chebuhar perfectly, as it will allow him to make key reads and decisions, which is something he’s used to doing. 

“They see me as somebody who can play inside and out and be able to make reads with the ball in my hands whether it’s scoring in the post or shooting threes,” Chebuhar said. “The offense is big on reading the game and making decisions, playing off the defense and each other, which is something I’m really excited to be a part of and grow with the momentum they have.” 

Notre Dame’s practice facility also impressed the Chebuhar family. It’s hard not to walk into Rolfs Athletics Hall and not leave with your eyes wide open, which is exactly what happened during his visit. 

“My family and I were blown away,” laughed Chebuhar. “We thought it was awesome. The proximity to the gym and the academic buildings, the locker room, on-court stuff and the weight room are nice. Having all the resources right there is really special. I’m excited to take advantage of that.” 

Chebuhar’s collegiate journey started at Division III Bowdoin College and will end with him playing in the ACC. It’s a story that would be highlighted with an NCAA Tournament appearance, but for the moment, Chebuhar is focused on his arrival at Notre Dame in June. 

“It means everything to me,” said Chebuhar. “It’s been a crazy journey. I couldn’t have asked for it to go any other way. I’m super excited to spend my last year playing for such a great university and being in the ACC. I’m just excited to see what the future holds.” 

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