Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Frontcourt Preview

Luke Harangody is back for one last campaign and figures to finish his career at or near the leader for total points and rebounds in a Notre Dame jersey.


Tim Abromaitis- LaPhonso Ellis has been high on this guy since he stepped on campus, but Irish fans have yet to see much have him just yet. After redshirting last season, the twenty-year-old junior has grown up a bit and seems to have passed Carleton Scott for the starting position. Either way, look for both guys to get twenty minutes a game, a la Hillesland and Ayers. I haven't heard anything confirmed about Abro sitting out six games, can anyone support this rumor?

Ty Nash- This 6'8" bruiser impressed in limited action last year with his hustle. He isn't the most polished player, but should provide good rebounding numbers alongside Harangody. He better improve that awful free throw percentage (54% last year), because he could be an offensive weapon with the ability to draw contact under the hoop.

Luke Harangody- The odds-on favorite to win his second conference player of the year trophy, Harangody struggled a bit last season when his senior-laded supporting cast failed to pull through during conference action. Though his shooting percentage was down, he notched career highs in points and rebounds and developed a very scary knack for hitting open three pointers. Though he gave the NBA a good look, Luke returned and should perform just as well against college opponents this season. If he can repeat his stats, win some more individual hardware, and bring the team back to the NCAA Tournament, he will not only complete his journey into the ranks of greatest Notre Dame players ever but should earn some solid dough in the pros next season.


Carleton Scott- With transfer Scott Martin out for the year, this Scott will figure into playing time left in the injured junior's wake. Like Tim Abromaitis, Carleton has three years of eligibility remaining. While Abro is the better shooter of the two, Scott has the most athleticism of anyone on the team and will likely be a difference maker in good minutes off the bench.

Mike Broghammer, Tom Knight, Jack Cooley- The three freshman have received solid reviews from Coach Brey, but will not get a ton of playing time this year. Cooley is the best of the bunch, ranked 26th among power forwards by Scout.com. He could earn seven or eight minutes a game spelling Nash and Harangody. One of the other two may redshirt.

Scott Martin- Most highly recruited player on the roster out of high school, Martin was expected to make a big impact before tearing his ACL. He will have two more years of eligibility at Notre Dame.


lucid said...

Nice to see you back at it. What's up with the Abro suspension rumor? I can't find anything online about it and I can't imagine what he could be suspended for by the NCAA given that he sat out last year.

BlackandGreen said...

There had been a couple of comments on previous posts asking about it, but that was the first I had heard of the possibility.

WhataHoot said...

So what did Carleton Scott do to piss off Mike Brey? Is it his defense (lack of)? If this is the most talented athlete on the team (and I think he is) then Brey should be taken to the woodshed... I don't care if he is young, he won't get better sittin the bench! Go Carleton, Go!