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Nov. 23, 2015 Issue

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BASKETBALL RECRUITING he committed, but also he didn't play in the summer. "And he was fine with it; he went up to Florida and worked out with their guys. At the end of the summer every‑ thing changed — to our benefit. "But as he was described, and I saw some videotape of him, I kept seeing a lot of [former Irish forward] Rob Kurz in him. Even facially, dark hair, same body type, similar game." Djogo — like Mooney — wasn't on the program's initial radar, but Brey stumbled upon him when he visited Orangeville Prep to see Irish five‑star center target Thon Maker. The 6‑7, 185‑pound wing was offered by Brey Sept. 15, and committed to the Irish Oct. 14. Before arriving at Orangeville Prep, he played at Saltfleet District High School, where he averaged 22.6 points, 9.4 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game. "We're up there watching another prospect. You don't know what you're walking into at Orangeville, and you walk into a lot of prospects," Brey said. "We watched him for two hours there, [assistant coach] Anthony Solomon and I, and he just grew on us. "He can play any of the positions. He guards; he's athletic. He's a little [junior guard Steve] Vasturia‑like, with his feel for the game and skill. He just gives you a lot of flexibility." Notre Dame will continue pursuing Maker and Austin (Texas) St. Stephen's Episcopal center Jarrett Allen to round out its class. The 7‑0, 210‑pound Maker is ranked as the No. 5 player in the class by Scout, and the 6‑10, 225‑pound Allen is listed as the No. 20 player nationally by Rivals. ✦ BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED • P.O. BOx 2331 • DURhAm, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 • Notre Dame Panoramic Puzzle — $19.95 each + $8.00 S&H* 1,000 Pieces • Size 39"x13" Trivia Note: This picture was actually taken at the 10-22-11 ND vs. USC game. *Puzzle may be dropshipped direct from the manufacturer. Shipping in continental U.S. only. Please add sales tax if you live in NC (7.5%), MI (6%) or IN (7%).

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