Thursday, May 29, 2008

Irish Add Martin

Notre Dame adds another transfer to the squad in 6'8" Scott Martin from Purdue. This is a bigger signing than Hansbrough in that Martin adds some size and rebounding plus an extra year of eligiblity.

Though the team didn't pick up any high school recruits in this cycle, adding Martin, Hansbrough, and Coach Solomon will really help the team develop beyond next season. As a rising sophomore, Martin will sit out next season but have three years of eligibility remaining. Adding an experienced player like Scott to the lineup in '09-'10 is very important with the loss of our four rising seniors.

Welcome to all three of our additions and best of luck to them during the summer transition.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Solomon Returns to Replace Cross

Reports have Anthony Solomon returning to South Bend for his second stint as an Irish assistant. Solomon coached the Irish from 2000-2003. When he left for a head coaching job at St. Bonaventure, the Irish seemed to lose a toughness that they did not regain until Gene Cross' arrival for the 06-07 campaign. Indeed, many would argue that Solomon is a step up from Cross on the bench. So that's very exciting news. Hopefully Anthony will fit right back in with the team and give us another great two or three years before delving back into the head coaching world.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hansbrough Transfers to Notre Dame

In a bit of old news, Ben Hansbrough has decided to leave Mississippi State and restart his career for the Irish. The 6'3" brother of player of the year Tyler, Hansbrough should be a nice addition to the backcourt in two years. He will help out in practice next season as he sits out his required year.

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Sorry about the delay, but I was hoping to pair this post with one about Scott Martin of Purdue. The four star recruit from a year ago has decided to leave the Boilermakers. Odds are on either ND or Valpo. He would be the bigger catch of the two transfers if completed, so I'll postpone my full transfer post until further notice.