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Nov. 24, 2014 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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MEN'S BASKEBALL BY ANDREW OWENS I n his first full recruiting class with Notre Dame as a member of the At- lantic Coast Conference, head coach Mike Brey stuck to the tenets of his program and came away with three players he expects will help the Irish be competitive in the league. "We're not really changing our re- cruiting philosophy, but we're going to need really good players in this league," Brey said while announcing the signings at a Nov. 12 press confer- ence. "We're not necessarily making wholesale changes to our style of play. With these three kids you get back to a basketball IQ and a really good feel for the game. All three of them can really pass. That's one thing we've really been able to do here is move the ball and have that feel for the game." The three-player haul, rated No. 39 nationally by 247Sports, features sharp- shooter Matt Ryan of Cortlandt Manor (N.Y.) Iona Prep, multi-purpose guard Rex Pflueger of Dana Point (Calif.) Ma- PHILOSOPHICAL FITS Mike Brey's three-man recruiting haul has skill and high basketball intelligence Cortlandt Manor (N.Y.) Iona Prep's Matt Ryan is ranked as the No. 106 overall prospect in the country, the No. 19 small forward nationally and the No. 4 player from New York by 247Sports. PHOTO COURTESY 247SPORTS

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