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Last updated: Tue. Jul. 22, 2014 - 04:32 pm EDT

The Wish List - Notre Dame basketball, July edition

Coach Mike Brey looking for size in this class

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Coach Mike Brey entered the July evaluation period with zero commitments with four scholarships available for the Class of 2015, but changed that quickly with a pair of verbals in forwards Elijah Burns out of New Jersey and Matt Ryan of New York.

With the point guard position seemingly in the hands of sophomore Demetrius Jackson and freshman Matt Farrell with the graduation of Eric Atkins, it appears as if the Fighting Irish will pass on the position, instead focusing their two remaining scholarships on a shooting guard and another big.

There are plenty of guys Notre Dame has targeted still on the board, with Brey hoping to land a few more of the players he thinks highly of.

This list of the top five players the Fighting Irish have a shot at landing at this point in the recruiting cycle is not restricted to the five most highly-touted prospects, but rather a mix of need, skill and the chances Notre Dame has of actually landing them.


1. Josh Sharma, Northfield, Mass.

School: Northfield Mt. Hermon School

Position: Center

Measurables: 7-foot, 205 pounds

Ranking: Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 75 player in the country; Scout.com rates Sharma as a four-star recruit, the No. 19 center and the No. 91 player overall.

Offers: Boston College, UConn, Illinois, Lehigh, Marquette, Maryland, UMass, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Providence, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Purdue.

Breakdown: The Fighting Irish need an influx of talented bigs on the roster, and Sharma would definitely fit that program need.

That said, Sharma is far from a finished product, or even at this point capable of being a force at the college level in the paint. He is still growing into his seven-foot frame which will include putting on some big-time weight to bang in the ACC around the hoop.

But what Sharma does display s promising. He is a proven scorer who can move his body quickly for a player his size and his length is a tremendous asset.

At this point in the cycle, Sharma is Notre Dame's best chance at a top 100 inside player.


2. Jalen Coleman, LaPorte

School: La Lumiere School

Position: Shooting guard

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds

Ranking: Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 36 player in the country; Ranked a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the No. 8 shooting guard and the No. 31 player overall.

Finalists: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, N.C. State, Notre Dame, UNLV.

Breakdown: All Notre Dame can ask at this point in the process is be amongst the final six for Coleman, one of the top pure scorers in the Class of 2015.

That is exactly where the Fighting Irish find themselves at this point in the process as Coleman narrowed his extensive offer list down to six late last month.

The return of Jerian Grant gives Notre Dame one of the most versatile shooting guards in the Big East and it would be huge to add Coleman to the mix for the 2015-16 season. Coleman is one of the most complete shooting guard prospects at the high school level who specializes in jump shooting but has begun to work on getting to the basket.

The body needs some work physically, but it is a frame that is conducive to adding weight.

Notre Dame has a shot with Coleman has he has been to South Bend numerous times to check out the program. This is an elite in-state prospect that the Fighting Irish rarely get, but have a solid shot at.

More on Coleman: Heralded Coleman putting in the work during summer circuit


3. Aaron Falzon, Newton, Mass.

School: Northfield Mt. Hermon School

Position: Power forward

Measurables: 6-foot-7, 220 pounds

Ranking: Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 96 player in the country; Ranked a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 23 power forward overall.

Offers: Boston College, Boston U., Creighton, Georgia, Harvard, Holy Cross, Marquette, N.C. State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Towson, Western Kentucky.

Breakdown: The high school teammate of Sharma picked up a Notre Dame offer on a visit in June and now safely ranks as one of the bigger realistic targets on the board for Coach Brey.

A glance at his offer list quickly shows that Falzon would have no issue adapting to the academic rigors of Notre Dame, with several Ivy League schools in hot pursuit.

Falzon already has two attributes that make him a hot commodity amongst colleges, his frame is already fairly developed and he showcases an impressive inside-outside game.

This recruitment could go on for awhile, with Falzon seemingly in no rush to narrow down his offers, but Notre Dame should be in this one until the end.


4. Luke Maye, Cornelius, N.C.

School: Hough High School

Position: Power forward

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 225 pounds

Ranking: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 127 player nationally; Ranked a four-star prospect by 247sports and the No. 105 player overall.

Offers: Charleston, Charlotte, Clemson, Davidson, Elon, N.C. Greensboro, Notre Dame, Richmond, St. Joseph's, UAB, Western Carolina.

Breakdown: Another forward in which the Fighting Irish have a decent chance with, Maye has said he would like to get to South Bend for a visit after recently securing an offer.

Maye is another versatile prospect who can score and rebound in the paint while also stepping out and shooting a three-pointer. He turned a lot of heads on the EYBL circuit in the spring and could see his offer list expand.

So far, only a few high-major schools have offered, a list that includes Notre Dame. It may be tough to pull this prospect off the East Coast, but anything can happen if the Fighting Irish can get Maye on campus for a visit.


5. Caleb Swanigan, Fort Wayne

School: Homestead High School

Position: Center

Measurables: 6-foot-8, 255 pounds

Ranking: Rated a five-star recruit by Scout.com, the No. 7 center and the No. 12 overall player in the country; Rated a five-star prospect and the No. 20 player nationally by Rivals.com.

Offers: Arizona, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, UCLA, Xavier, Kentucky.

Breakdown: No list would be complete without arguably the biggest enigma in the Class of 2015. Swanigan has been tight-lipped throughout much of the recruiting process, rarely delving deep into his thought process or any leaders for his services.

Swanigan re-classified as a senior a few months ago, with his recruitment also seeing an uptick.

“Biggie” represents a college-ready prospect in the middle who can play with his back to the basket or bring the ball up the floor on a break and pull up for a three-pointer.

Whoever lands Swanigan will be getting one of the best players in the Class of 2015. At this point, Notre Dame is still on the table, but it is tough foreseeing a NBA prospect going to South Bend for a year or two at most.

Still, with so many uncertainties regarding Swanigan's college future, anything is possible.

jkenny@news-sentinel.com


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