"Hmmm.... Well this looks like a promising class" (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Mike Brey received Letters of Intent from all three of the verbal commitments for the class of 2012 and it looks as promising as any class Notre Dame has had in recent memory. The class will consist of swingman Cameron Biedscheid, and forwards Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett. Meet the class of 2012.
The star of this class is the St. Louis native Cameron Biedscheid who is a unanimous 4 star prospect across all the recruiting websites and ranked as high as the #7 SF prospect in this class. At 6'7"/190 he has good size for a wing though he will need to add a good 10-15 more pounds of muscle over the next few months but it could turn out that he has one of those Kevin Durant type bodies. Biedscheid has very good athleticism, 3 point range, the ability to shoot off the dribble and create for others. He has been compared to Durant and Scottie Pippen but to make this more relatable for Big East fans, I see Biedscheid being a better shooting Rudy Gay and everything we could want in a SF in Brey's system.
The 6'9"/220 Zach Auguste is probably a bit raw for Brey's liking at this point but the potential that lies in him should excite everyone within the program and its fans. He's a big man who wants to play big and is active both as a shot blocker and rebounder. He runs the floor very well, has a soft touch around the basket, and even has 20 ft range. He does need to add some more to his frame and also mature on the court as he has been observed as "lackadaisical" at times. At the very least I think Irish fans can expect him to turn into Carleton Scott, if not a rich man's version of him.
Austin Burgett is the least heralded of the three members in this class but considering his skillset and size (6'9"/210) he may turn into a solid contributor quickly. He's a sweet shooting face up big man as he has outstanding range which stretches out opposing defenses. His potential as a pick and pop or trail big really excites me. He has sneaky athleticism and shows good effort on the boards. He does need to get bigger and stronger (bit of a theme with most high school recruits) and in Brey's offense everyone needs to be able to pass and dribble so that's another area that Burgett will have to grow in. Burgett turning into a Rob Kurz type player is not out of the question.
Mike Brey has really ratcheted up the recruiting dial as of late. With the consecutive arrivals of Eric Atkins, Jerian Grant, Alex Dragicevich and Pat Connaughton, the Irish wings and backcourt is showing a lot of promise and this group strengthened the wing with a potential star and the frontcourt with a few potential impact players. Next year's group is also promising since committed junior wing VJ Beachem is considered one of the best in his class and guard Steve Vasturia is a beta version of Ben Hansbrough. Notre Dame basketball is making a turn for the better and that always starts with recruiting and the battle on that front is going well for Our Lady's University.