Notre Dame men's basketball may have lost two all-time great players from last year's ACC Championship squad but, they've added four new names to the roster, each determined to make their own impact on the program.
Recently, I sat down with the freshmen and got to know more about the new kids on the court:
MR: Matt Ryan - Forward - #4 - 6'8 - Carroll Hall
EB: Elijah Burns - Forward - #12 - 6'9 - St. Edwards Hall
CH: Chad Holtz - Guard - #15 - 6'5 - Dillon Hall
RP: Rex Pflueger - Guard - #0 - O'Neill Hall
Why Notre Dame?
MR: It's a great school academically and athletically. They recruited me for a long time and my family fell in love with it just like I did.
EB: It's a great institution academically. It's one of the best places I was getting recruited by.
CH: It's a great school academically. I've kind of been around the University my whole life so I've always wanted to come here.
RP: It was the best position for me. They offered everything I wanted, academics and athletics, and I had a great group of other guys come in with me.
Favorite spot on campus?
MR: The gym.
EB: The gym.
CH: The gym.
RP: Everyone wants to say the gym, but also Recker's.
EB: Also, my bed.
MR: Yeah we don't get to go there that much.
If you didn't play basketball, what sport would you play?
North Dining Hall or South Dining Hall?
*Elijah wanted to be "different," also, NDH is closer to his dorm.
Why did you pick the number you wear?
MR: My favorite player growing up was JJ Redick, so I always wanted to wear number 4.
EB: For me it [number 12] is just a family thing.
CH: 15 has just always been my number.
RP: I've been [number] 1 my whole life, but ya know, 0 is pretty cool too.
Who are your NBA Role Models?
MR: JJ Redick.
EB: Boris Diaw.
CH: Uhhh...(Matt jokingly suggests Brian Scalabrine).
RP: Paul George and Jimmy Butler.
Which ACC opponent are you most excited to play?
MR: We're looking forward to everybody. We came here to play basketball and to play against good teams/players every night.
EB: Specifically in the ACC, our first game away is at Virginia and I'm really looking forward to that.
CH: Yeah, the Virginia game.
RP: I'd say the Virginia game especially, the North Carolina game here and Duke away.
One word to describe your style of play?
EB: Let me take this one. Physical.
CH: Uhhh... (after some pondering his teammates decided his style of play was most accurately described as simply, "Chad.")
One word to describe this team?
It's safe to say this group is ready to start the season, have some fun, and make their own mark on the Notre Dame basketball program.