Micah Shrewsberry inherited a Notre Dame men’s basketball roster with plenty of room to make additions. The Irish had just five scholarship players when he was hired March 22. That gave Shrewsberry room to add as many as eight newcomers – and more if one of those five left.
Guaranteed to be gone at season’s end were grad students Nate Laszewski, Trey Wertz, Dane Goodwin and Marcus Hammond. All four were in their final season of eligibility and used the COVID-19 bonus season to play a fifth year of college basketball. Guards Robby Carmody and Cormac Ryan have sixth years available in 2023-24 due to prior redshirt years, but returning means signing up to play for a new coach.
Adding a coaching change into the mix makes every returning player a portal possibility. That’s the reality of a coaching move these days. Just ask LSU last year, which at one point had every player on its roster with eligibility left go in the transfer portal during its coaching switch last year. Notre Dame had three players depart on the first day of the transfer portal window Monday: Carmody, freshman guard JJ Starling and freshman forward Dom Campbell. Ryan joined them March 24 and also put his name in the 2023 NBA Draft pool.
Freshman forward Ven-Allen Lubin waited nearly a month after Shrewsberry’s hire before hitting the portal himself. He announced his move April 17, which left the Irish’s 2023-24 roster at four scholarship players – none of whom have averaged more than 6.9 minutes per game in a college season.
Elsewhere, two of the Irish’s three original 2023 signees from the fall – four-star guard Parker Friedrichsen and three-star wing Brady Dunlap – requested and were granted releases from their letters of intent shortly after the announcement that Brey was stepping down. Friedrichsen later chose Wake Forest. Dunlap did not include Notre Dame in a group of five finalists April 13.
One 2023 signee did not ask for a release and is sticking with the Irish: Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn three-star guard Markus Burton, the No. 155 player in the 2023 On3 Industry Ranking.
There will be additions throughout the rest of spring. A lot of them. Some freshmen. Some transfers. Shrewsberry said his oldest son, three-star guard and former Penn State signee Braden Shrewsberry, will be one of them. Lubin’s exit means Notre Dame’s 2023-24 team will bear almost no resemblance to Mike Brey’s final one, which went 11-21 and 3-17 in the ACC this year.
Here’s a look at Notre Dame’s scholarship distribution for 2023-24, the next few seasons and, for reference, the 2022-23 season. This chart will be updated throughout the spring as more players potentially depart and Shrewsberry fills empty spots. The 60-day window for undergrad players to enter the transfer portal ends May 11.