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The New Kids on the Court

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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:



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MR: Matt Ryan - Forward - #4 - 6'8 - Carroll Hall  


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EB: Elijah Burns - Forward - #12 - 6'9 - St. Edwards Hall



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CH: Chad Holtz - Guard - #15 - 6'5 - Dillon Hall



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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?


MR: Football.

EB: Baseball.

CH: Football.

RP: Football.


North Dining Hall or South Dining Hall?


MR: SDH.

EB: NDH.*

CH: SDH.

RP: SDH.

*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.

MR: Smooth.

CH: Uhhh... (after some pondering his teammates decided his style of play was most accurately described as simply, "Chad.")

RP: Versatile.


One word to describe this team?


MR: Focused.

EB: Brothers.

CH: Family.

RP: Ready.


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. 




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