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Basketball Early National Signing Period Recap

Both Irish basketball teams welcome 4 new members to their programs as every commit for next year's incoming freshman class signed today

It's a good day for this guy, whose prized recruit is now signed, sealed, and delivered
It's a good day for this guy, whose prized recruit is now signed, sealed, and delivered
Chris Trotman

For Mike Brey's squad:

SF VJ Beachem - 6'6" 180 lbs. - New Haven, IN (New Haven HS) - Beachem is a lanky, versatile wing player who fits nicely into Mike Brey's offense, much in the same mold as current freshman Cam Biedscheid. He is a consensus top 100 recruit with a very refined offensive game for someone his size. Beachem definitely needs to bulk up his thin frame, but he will come in with all the offensive tools you could ask for. He is a likely instant impact, albeit off the bench, for his freshman season.

PG Demetrius Jackson - 6'1" 170 lbs. - Mishawaka, IN (Marian HS) - Jackson enters the Irish program as the most coveted recruit in Mike Brey's tenure and who many feel can elevate Notre Dame to the next level of basketball excellence. He was simply a must-get for Brey, who spent more time recruiting Jackson over the past few years than any recruit in his career. He is virtually a complete player as a point guard, and even if he may be a little undersized, his athleticism will get your attention. He is certainly an instant impact freshman with an incredibly high ceiling.

PF Austin Torres - 6'7" 210 lbs. - Mishawaka, IN (Penn HS) - Torres will come into Notre Dame with lots of question marks, as he is unranked nearly across the board as a recruit. He is Jackson's close friend and AAU teammate, offered and committed around the same time as Jackson's commitment, and he is very aware of the "package deal" conspirators out there. Torres was a one-time Central Michigan commit, but no one has seen him play more than Mike Brey, who claims that Torres grew on him as time went by. Torres is a big-bodied bruiser with surprising athleticism but whose post game and touch around the basket needs some work if he is to be a steady contributor in the ACC. He is a legacy multiple times over, as his mother, Brenda, played soccer at ND, and his biological father, Oscar McBride, played tight end for Lou Holtz in the early 90s.

SG Steve Vasturia - 6'4" 175 lbs. - Medford, NJ (St. Joseph's Prep) - Vasturia is a lights out scorer out of the Philadelphia area whose shooting will be valuable for an Irish squad that will be suddenly full of ball handlers. He has impressed scouts with his smarts around the perimeter to get himself in the best position to score both with and without the basketball. Vasturia has the kind of refined offensive game that Mike Brey could use off the bench early in his career.

And for Muffet McGraw's program, we welcome:

PG Lindsay Allen - 5'8" - Mitchellville, MD (St. John's College HS) - Allen will team up with freshman Jewell Loyd as the heir apparents to Skylar Diggins, who sadly leaves the program as one of the most decorated athletes in Irish basketball history. Scouts love Allen's ballhandling skills and aggressiveness on both ends of the court. She has displayed an excellent ability to lead the offense and set up teammates to score at the national team level, the only questions for her center around her own ability to put up points.

P Kristina Nelson - 6'3" - Buford, GA (Buford HS) - Nelson is a tall, strong body that is ready to play the post position at the college level right now. She has great touch around the basket but is still working on more post moves to add to her arsenal. Her size is going to be valuable to McGraw's squad right off the bat, especially on the defensive end, where she already earns rave reviews from scouts.

F Taya Reimer - 6'2" - Indianapolis, IN (Hamilton SE HS) - Reimer is the crowned jewel in this class, a consensus top five player in the nation. She has been prominent on all the youth national teams and has the kind of refined post game, mid-range shooting, and ability to create her own shot, a combination that you just don't see on the high school level. She is an instant impact, potential All-American from the moment she steps foot on campus.

P Diamond Thompson - 6'4" - Lombard, IL (Montini Catholic HS) - Thompson brings much needed length and athleticism to the post for Muffet McGraw's team. She moves up and down the floor with the ease of a point guard but is still working to put it all together offensively in the post. Her height and length will cause problems to any opponent on the defensive end and could be a nice fill-in for Devereaux Peters on that end of the floor.

UPDATE: Why listen to what I have to say? Hear from the coaches themselves:

Mike Brey discusses 2013 signees

Muffet McGraw discusses 2013 signees