Newsstand: Two Notre Dame women’s basketball signees earn prestigious high school honor

Tyler Horka01/12/23
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Irish women's basketball was one ingredient to a terrific Notre Dame year in athletics. (Photo by Notre Dame Athletics)

Two of the 25 best women’s high school basketball players in the country are Notre Dame signees. Five-star prospects Emma Risch of Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay Magnet and Hannah Hidalgo of Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI both landed on the 2023 Jersey Mikes Naismith Girls’ High School Player of the Year Midseason Team on Wednesday.

The Irish signed three five-star recruits in the class of 2023. Cassandre Prosper of Montreal, Quebec, enrolled early. She’s played three games for head coach Niele Ivey since debuting against Miami on Dec. 29. Risch and Hidalgo will arrive in South Bend over the summer and begin their careers when the 2023-24 season commences this fall.

Hidalgo is the No. 5 overall player in the class of 2023 and the No. 1 point guard according to ESPN. Risch is the No. 20 overall player. Prosper came in as the No. 16 overall prospect. All three are cornerstones for Ivey as she builds toward getting the Irish back to the Final Four. Her team is currently 12-2, ranked No. 7 in the country and coming off a disappointing loss at North Carolina this past Sunday.

According to MaxPreps, Risch is averaging 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game through 13 matchups for Palm Bay Magnet. Per, Hidalgo is averaging 29.4 points, 8.1 steals, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in nine games at Paul VI.

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