Mar 15, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey during practice before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Commitment V.J. Beachem


Demetrius Jackson is the top recruit in the recruiting class and a McDonald’s All-American. I think many people forget about how good of a player Beachem is and will be at Notre Dame. With Grant and Atkins both going to be seniors next year the guard and small forward positions are going to need someone to develop behind them in their last season. Cam Biedscheid has shown he can shoot the basketball, but he needs to add weight to become an all-around player, which would mean attacking the basket more often and better defensively. Notre Dame doesn’t have a lot of depth on the bench. It is an 8 man rotation and at times only 7. Auguste, Biedscheid, and Sherman are the ones coming off the bench and out of the three Cam is the only ‘guard’ out of them. Atkins nearly plays 38-40 minutes every night considering it there is no overtime(s). Beachem will add depth next season and be able to come off the bench and play big minutes.


The 6’6’’ 180 pound shooting guard/small forward is the second best recruit according to rivals that Notre Dame has signed for the 2013-2014 season. V.J. Beachem will add to the depth of the Irish and is another good recruit. He ranks as the 85th best player in the nation and the 15th best small forward. With good height he does need to put on some weight like current Notre Dame player Biedscheid. They are similar in ways, because they are both shooters. Coach Brey always recruits his shooters, but as of late he is recruiting guys that can not only shoot, but can get to the basket as well. We see this in Grant and in flashes Biedscheid and it will be seen in V.J. If players can combine shooting with the ability to drive to the basket it keeps the defenders guessing. Beachem is very athletic and has a solid vertical, which many of us fans want to see more of at Notre Dame.

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