Notre Dame lost its most athletic player, Pat Connaughton, but it already may have a replacement on its roster in Freshman Rex Pflueger
The Fighting Irish season ended when a last second gasp by Jerian Grant fell short. Following the season, both Grant and captain Pat Connaughton were drafted in the NBA Draft. The Irish must replace these two talented players. Freshman Rex Pflueger may be one of the players to make fans forget about Grant and Connaughton.
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Rex Pflueger hails from Santa Ana, California and played for Mater Dei High School. He checks in at 6’5″, 185 lbs.
Pflueger held offers from San Diego State, Boston College, Cal Poly, California, UCONN, Florida, Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine, USC, Utah State and Washington State.
The 247Sports Composite rated him as a 4-star recruit. It ranked him as the 119th prospect and the 36th shooting guard in the 2015 class.
Pflueger took to social media to show what kind of athleticism he really has.
These dunks are impressive. Pflueger will probably not dunk like this in a game. But, it demonstrates an increased athleticism of the Notre Dame players.
Across the board, the 2014-2015 Notre Dame basketball team possessed more athleticism than teams who floundered in March. With Irish Head Coach Mike Brey continuing to recruit high-level athletes to South Bend, fans can expect return trips to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.
The 2015-2016 Notre Dame Basketball team kicks off the season in early November. This year, the Irish will play in the AdvoCare Invitational. The Irish could possibly matchup with 1970s-1980s Catholic rival, Dayton Flyers. Notre Dame begins the tournament against Monmouth on Thursday, November 26th in Orlando, Florida. The game will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.