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BREAKING: Durham Chooses Irish

June 10, 2017

Mike Brey and his Notre Dame basketball program just landed a piece for which they had been searching for almost a year now, a transfer big.

After a couple months of visits and research, Juwan Durham will be transferring to Notre Dame after one season at UConn.

The 6-foot-10, 207-pounder from Tampa, Fla., will have to sit out the upcoming 2017-18 season, but will then have three seasons of eligibility remaining with the Irish.

Durham played in 28 games as a freshman with the Huskies, but didn’t have a major impact, averaging 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds. Still, his potential is great with some sources believing the year off could end up getting him back to the form that made him a coveted prospect coming out of high school.

At one point during his high school career at Tampa Prep, Durham was a Top 15 prospect nationally, but then suffered ACL tears in each knee between the end of his junior season and beginning of senior season. He still finished as a Top 50 prospect.

 “He’s a very skilled big kid,” Durham’s former coach at Tampa Prep Joe Fenlon told Irish Sports Daily. “He’s 6-10, but he can handle the ball, he can pass the ball and he can shoot the ball. He has the ability to be a matchup nightmare. If you put a big on him, he can come out on the perimeter and put it on the floor and slash.

“If you put a smaller guy on him, he can post him up. He’s a very skilled kid. He played inside most of the time in high school for the three years he played before he got hurt. He’s very skilled on the block, but he just has a skillset that kids his size don’t normally have. That’s what makes him intriguing.”

After being impressed with Notre Dame’s academic and athletic history, Durham took an official visit to South Bend last month, when he learned he’d be a good fit within the school and program from a social standpoint.

But after taking only one official visit during his initial recruitment, Durham wanted to be sure he had something to compare Notre Dame to. So, he followed up with official visits to Virginia Tech and Villanova.

 In the end, he circled back to Notre Dame being the best fit for him both on and off the court.

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