June 13, 2017
Juwan Durham, a 6-11 forward from Tampa, Florida, who competed at the University of Connecticut in 2016-17, has joined the men’s basketball program at the University of Notre Dame. Durham will sit out the 2017-18 season due to National Collegiate Athletic Association transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Fighting Irish starting in the 2018-19 season.
“We are thrilled to have Juwan join our culture,” Irish head coach Mike Brey said.
“He has such tremendous upside and now that he is fully healthy he can put in the work to improve and reach his potential. We have a track record of guys getting better in our program. I am excited to see him develop.”
“I’m happy to be a part of the Notre Dame family,” Durham said about his choice to join the Notre Dame program.
“I felt comfortable with my future teammates and the coaching staff.”
Durham was a consensus Top 75 recruit after an outstanding junior season at Tampa Prep where he averaged 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during a state tournament regional semifinal game, then injured his right ACL while in rehabilitation from his original injury. The back-to-back knee injuries cost him his senior year of high school competition.
Durham played 28 games at Connecticut in 2016-17, averaging 8.3 minutes, 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. He played a season-high 25 minutes with three blocks against Chaminade in the Maui Invitational and posted a season-high eight points against USF on February 8, 2017.
The 2017-18 season will give Durham an opportunity to work on his strength and conditioning and establish his role in the Irish offensive system. With the eventual 2018 graduation of national player-of-the-year candidate Bonzie Colson, graduate student Austin Torres and senior forward Martinas Geben, Durham will have plenty of opportunity to contribute when he is eligible to play for the Irish in 2018-19.
- Averaged 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks during his junior season before tearing the ACL in his right knee during a regional semifinal game in February
- Did not play competitively from February, 2015, through the start of the 2016-17 college basketball season.
- Played three seasons at Tampa Prep under coach Joe Fenlon.
- Was the Florida 3A Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.
- Played AAU ball for Team Breakdown Elite out of North Lauderdale, Florida.
- Prep recruiting service rankings - Rivals #47, ESPN 100 #52, Scout #85.
- Full name is Juwan Josiah Larry Durham.
- Born Dec. 22.
- Son of Charisse Hargrett and Larry Durham.
- Has four younger sisters and a younger brother.
- Named to the Headmaster’s Honor Roll at Tampa Prep.
A HISTORY OF TRANSFER IMPROVEMENT:
Juwan Durham will join former Irish players Ryan Humphrey (also a current Notre Dame assistant coach), Dan Miller, Dennis Lattimore, Ben Hansbrough, Scott Martin and Garrick Sherman as transfers into Mike Brey’s program at Notre Dame. All six previous student-athletes saw an increase in playing time and points-per-game in their time at Notre Dame. On average, the six previous transfers saw their points-per-game average rise 5.7 and their minutes-per-game average increase by 9.4
Oklahoma (1997-99) - 10.1 ppg, 25.0 mpg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg
Notre Dame (2000-02) - 16.6 ppg, 32.8 mpg, 10.0 rpg, 2.8 bpg
Maryland (1999-2002) - 5.8 ppg, 21.3 mpg, 2.5 rpg, 60 3FGs
Notre Dame (2002-03) 13.9 ppg, 35.1 mpg, 5.7 rpg, 59 3FGs
Arizona (2001-03) - 2.4 ppg, 11.3 mpg, 2.7 rpg
Notre Dame (2004-05) - 7.3 ppg, 20.6 mpg, 4.3 rpg
Mississippi State (2006-08) - 8.8 ppg, 30.0 mpg, 2.9 apg, 109 3FGs
Notre Dame (2009-11) - 15.1 ppg, 35.4 mpg, 4.3 apg, 154 3FGs
Purdue (2007-08) - 8.5 ppg, 21.9 mpg, .313 3FG%
Notre Dame (2010-13) - 9.0 ppg, 29.2 mpg, .330 3FG%
Michigan State (2009-11) - 2.5 ppg, 9.5 mpg, 2.1 rpg
Notre Dame (2012-14) - 10.3 ppg, 22.2 mpg, 5.4 rpg