Notre Dame Men's Basketball holds open practice before season opener

NOW: Notre Dame Men’s Basketball holds open practice before season opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind -- Fighting Irish men’s basketball prepares to tip off their season in less than a month.

Last year the team broke the five-year streak of not going to the big dance last year and with some returning players and new additions, the Irish believe it’s bound to happen this year.

The Irish returned Cormac Ryan, Dane Goodwin, Nate Laszewski, and Trey Wertz all for a graduate season, after losing three starters last year.

As they ramp up for the start of the season, the experienced core didn’t fail to mention the new guys on the roster.

More specifically, JJ Starling, the big guard out of New York who attended La Lumiere High School senior year.

“Just being able to kind of look and reassess and understand and what we did wrong, it’s been great,” Goodwin mentioned.

“We’ve got a lot of really cool pieces coming together with the combination of some older guys and younger guys as well. Obviously with JJ and Ven,” Laszewski added.

“Our personalities just mesh well. We all just buying into the same mindset. Everybody doesn’t have a hidden agenda we just want to win games and coach Brey, he’s just the best coach to play for,” Starling said.

Season is set to tip off Xavier in an exhibition game on November 2nd at home.

The first regular season game against Radford will at the Purcell Pavillion on November 10th.

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