NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Wichita State vs Notre Dame (USATSI)
Notre Dame wins 81-67 over Clemson to close out the regular season
Men's Basketball vs. Navy; photos by Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014-15): Crafty point guard will see time in a backup role to sophomore Demetrius Jackson ... a player with a tremendous worth ethic ... his hard-nosed style of play is reminiscent of former Irish guards Kyle McAlarney (2005-09) and Ben Hansbrough (2009-11)... extremely skilled player who gets up the floor quickly with the ball ... has a great feel for the game ... excellent passer and good ball-handler ... gives Notre Dame a third ball-handler, along with Jackson and Jerian Grant, in the backcourt ... understands how to protect the basketball ... smart player on the court ... plays with a great deal of confidence and maturity ... a good defender along the perimeter.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year member of varsity team at Point Pleasant Beach High School in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. and three-time captain ... played on teams that won two New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central New Jersey Group 1 state championships in consecutive seasons (2013 and 2014) as well as two divisional titles and two sectional crowns... concluded his career as the school assists leader (542 assists) and second-leading scorer ... also grabbed 307 rebounds and made 331 steals during his scholastic career ... finished his four-year prep career with averages of 13.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.8 rebounds ... shot 54.1 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range (71 career three-pointers) and 79.0 percent from the free-throw line ... garnered first-team all-state honors as a senior after averaging 19.5 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals while leading his prep team to the state semifinals en route to a final 29-2 record and school's first Shore Conference Tournament championship ... a two-time first-team all-Shore Conference selection ... from 2011-14, his Point Pleasant Beach team finished with an impressive 37-3 home record that included a streak of 30 consecutive home wins ... one of his best efforts in his senior season came in the Shore Conference Tournament championship game when he netted 15 of his game-high 25 points to lift his top-seeded squad to a 49-41 victory over second-seeded Christian Brothers ... 2013 and 2104 recipient of the Kerwin Award as the Shore Conference Player of the Year ... became the league's first unanimous recipient of that award in his senior season ... a two-time all-division selection ... named a first-team all-state honoree by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior, in addition to earning first-team all-metro accolades that included players from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut ... two-time Ocean County Player of the Year ... averaged double figures in scoring in each of his final three seasons ... as a junior, netted 15.1 points, dished off 6.7 assists, made 4.2 steals and grabbed 3.0 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 62.9 percent (151-240) from the field ... during his sophomore campaign, he finished with 11.7 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 points and 2.2 steals.
PERSONAL: Full name is Matthew Thomas Farrell ... born in New Brunswick, New Jersey... son of Robert and Michelle Farrell ... has an older brother, Robert III ... grandfather Robert Farrell Sr. is a 1954 Notre Dame graduate ... member of National Honor Society ...enrolled in the First Year of Studies.