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Spring eval period brings several additions to Notre Dame men’s basketball 2023 offer list

Patrick Engel05/05/22
Article written by:On3 imagePatrick Engel


JP Estrella
JP Estrella, a 6-10 forward for Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, has picked up a Notre Dame offer. (Photo by Jamie Shaw)

The spring evaluation periods have come and gone. Notre Dame’s staff hit the road both April weekends they were permitted to watch prospects play with their AAU teams.

By the time April ended, the Irish had doubled the size of their board. They had offered five 2023 recruits prior to the April evaluation period. They now have 10 outstanding offers — nine to uncommitted players.

Here’s a look at the 2023 recruits Notre Dame has offered who have not committed to another school.

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Spring offers

Four-star guard Elmarko Jackson

• High school: Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 79

• AAU team: WE R1 (Under Armour Association)

• Other offers: Cal, VCU, Minnesota, Maryland, Miami, Penn State, St. John’s, Ole Miss, Seton Hall, Penn State

• On3’s take: “Jackson has an elite frame with elite speed; that got him this ranking. Now, he is playing with pace and, most importantly, consistently knocking down shots. The first live weekend could not have gone any better for Jackson.” – On3 national analyst Jamie Shaw

Four-star forward T.J. Power

• High school: Shrewsberry (Mass.) Worcester Academy

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 85

• AAU team: BABC (Nike EYBL)

• Other offers: Bryant, Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, Penn State, Miami, Providence, Virginia

Forward JP Estrella

• High school: Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy

• On3 Consensus ranking: N/A

• AAU team: Middlesex Magic (Under Armour Association)

• Other offers: Boston College, UConn, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin, Providence, Syracuse, Miami, Tennessee, Creighton, Illinois, Xavier, Maryland, Missouri, Cal, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Marquette

• On3’s take: “Estrella has good size and he moves well. Competitive on the block, he understands angles and has good footwork. The skilled forward can step out and knock down shots off the catch. He is a good area rebounder and he works hard on the defensive end. He will need to continue adding weight, and he is going to need to work on the lateral quickness. There is a lot to like here as a stretch big with toughness and some pop.” – Shaw

Four-star wing Curtis Williams Jr.

• High school: Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 52

• AAU team: The Family (Nike EYBL)

• Other offers: Alabama, Maryland, Florida State, Seton Hall, Xavier, Tennessee State, Toledo, Tulane

• Other notes: Williams took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame in October 2021.

Four-star wing Zayden High

• High school: Spring Branch (Texas) Smithson Valley

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 95

• AAU team: Team JL3 (Nike EYBL)

• Other offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Creighton, Houston, Kansas State, Michigan, Oral Roberts, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, UTSA, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky

• On3’s take: “He’s grown two inches and closing in on 6-foot-9. He was tremendous at The Circuit League I The Jump and then followed up with a good EYBL weekend in Orlando. High has played extremely well on both ends of the court, displaying the ability to be a difference-maker stretch four and a player that can guard multiple positions.” – On3 national analyst Gerry Hamilton

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Prior offers

Four-star forward Xavier Booker

• High school: Indianapolis Cathedral

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 63

• AAU team: G3 All Indy (NY2LA)

• Other offers: Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, State, Illinois, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Louisville, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas State, LSU, Seton Hall, Clemson, Missouri, Butler, Xavier, Wake Forest, San Diego State, Creighton, TCU

• On3’s take: “The way Xavier Booker moves at 6-foot-10 is what immediately draws your attention. He handles the ball well for a player of his size and put-back dunks come easy to him. He also has good hands and has the ability to block shots. Booker will need to continue to put on weight and strength, but he’s easily one of my favorite bigs in the class of 2023.” – On3 national analyst Joe Tipton

• Other notes: Booker took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame in October 2021.

Point guard Lawrent Rice

High school: Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

On3 Consensus ranking: N/A

AAU team: All Ohio Red (Nike EYBL)

• Other offers: Dayton, Ohio State, Louisville, Purdue, Penn State, Georgetown, Rutgers, Wake Forest, West Virginia, VCU, Kansas State

• On3’s take: “Left-handed. Has a crafty handle with an excellent pace. Able to get to his spots on the floor with an array of hesitation dribbles and good use of balance and footwork. Smooth shot when given time. Needs to continue getting stronger. Unselfish would like to see him hunt his shot more. Has shown that he can create and make shots, especially in the mid-range. There is some Prentice Hubb to his game.” – Shaw

Other notes: In January, Rice included Notre Dame in his top eight along with Georgetown, VCU, Kansas State, Ohio State, Louisville, Marquette and Xavier.

Four-star point guard Darrin Ames

• High school: Chicago Kenwood Academy

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 54

• AAU team: Mac Irvin Fire (Nike EYBL)

• Other offers: Marquette, Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, LSU, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Loyola

Four-star point guard Aden Holloway

• High school: La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere

• On3 Consensus ranking: No. 46

• AAU team: Team CP3 (Nike EYBL)

• Other offers: Auburn, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Michigan, LSU, Creighton, Wichita State, Arizona State

• On3’s take: “Holloway is a fearless point guard. He is very crafty with the ball, able to get to his spots off the bounce and he can create space to get his shot off. While Holloway does not have optimal measurables and is an average athlete, his skill and his confidence help him produce. The size will be questioned, and any coach who takes him will have to be ok with a smaller guard, but he has been consistently very good for La Lumiere this season, against the highest level competition.” – Shaw