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Notre Dame women’s basketball recruiting: 2020 recruit Madeline Westbeld commits to the Irish

The younger sister of 2018 national champ Kathryn Westbeld has committed to Muffet McGraw and the Irish for the 2020 class.

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Kathryn Westbeld’s younger sister, Maddy, has committed to Notre Dame for the 2020 class.
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The Westbeld family has another one coming to learn under Muffet McGraw and the sequel might be better than the oldest sister.

Maddy Westbeld, a 6-foot-2 forward in the 2020 recruiting class from Kettering, Ohio, committed to Notre Dame on Sunday night.

Her older sister, Kathryn, was a member of the Notre Dame team that won the national title two seasons ago, and finished with 1,076 career points during her four years in South Bend.

The younger of the two Westbelds took to Twitter to make her announcement official on Sunday after visiting during Notre Dame’s win over USC last weekend.

This is a fantastic get for McGraw and her staff, as Westbeld is rated at No. 23 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Top 100 players in the 2020 class as a five-star recruit in their system.

Westbeld joins an already solid class that includes three other top-50 prospects in ESPN’s top 100, including Allison Campbell (No. 25, PG, 5-foot-11), Natalija Marshall (No. 32, F, 6-foot-5), Alasia Hayes (No. 44, 5-foot-7, PG).

Here’s the latest short blurb/evaluation on Westbeld from July during her time working with USA Junior National teams:

Skilled front court prospect manufactures shots with deceptive quickness off the dribble, physical to the rim, finishes plays to the rim; rises on jumpers in mid-range game to the arc; agile in uptempo game; an elite front court jump shooter and a stock-riser in the class of 2020.

The Kettering, Ohio native is going to be a good piece in McGraw’s rotation when she joins the program. Her stock has continue to rise over the last few months and with an older sister already having success at Notre Dame, Westbeld will look to keep the tradition in her family going for another four years.

She’s got game and at 6-foot-2, she’s going to be a versatile offensive piece to the puzzle next season and beyond for the Irish.

Another note-worthy bullet point to pay attention to following Westbeld’s commitment: Caitlin Clark, the No. 4 recruit (No. 2 PG) on ESPN’s top 100 list, has trimmed her college choices down just to the Irish, and home-state schools (and heated rivals) Iowa and Iowa State.

McGraw and her staff may not be done with the 2020 class just yet. Stay tuned.