Notre Dame basketball has been named as one of the five final candidates for 2019 power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
Mike Brey’s Notre Dame Basketball squad is in the mix for one of the nation’s top players once again. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl — the No. 5-ranked power forward in the 2019 class — has also named Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova.
While Kansas is the odds-on favorite, teams in the top five will be given one last chance to make a quality impression as Robinson-Earl sets the dates for his official visits soon.
The 6-8, 235-pound power forward visited South Bend unofficially in October of 2016 and was officially offered by Coach Mike Brey in August of 2017.
“JRE” currently plays for IMG Academy in Florida, a program who is unabashed about claiming that they are in the business of putting athletes in position for successful professional careers in their chosen sport. Earl will be playing among some of the nation’s top recruits this next season.
Unlike fellow big man target Tre Mitchell, Robinson-Earl is a rim punishing athlete who runs the floor well and finishes with authority. He is a better shot blocker and overall athlete, but Mitchell is a better outside shooter and pick and roll player.
Robinson-Earl’s athleticism no doubt played a part in getting him into the Top 20, as prognosticators certainly love prospects that are appealing visually. That said, I am unsure about how good of an actual basketball player he is. To be quite honest, I am a bigger fan of both Tre Mitchell and Isaiah Stewart — especially considering the fact that I am not sure how much of a legitimate shot the Irish have at Robinson-Earl.
At the end of the day, the Irish do have room for two big men in the 2019 recruiting class, and should pursue their best options to their final conclusion.