There are big question marks surrounding the Notre Dame basketball team heading into 2022-23, but one big one was answered Wednesday night.
Last year, the Notre Dame basketball team finally returned to the NCAA Tournament, making it to the Round of 32 before losing to Texas Tech, 59-53. It was a solid run for a program that had not been to the Big Dance in some time, and it was also a squad that was well-balanced and got contributions up and down the lineup.
Now, as we look towards the 2022-23 season, the hope was that the Irish could take another step in the right direction. That step was deemed harder when true freshman sensation Blake Wesley announced that he would be entering the 2022 NBA Draft, but the team got some great news this week.
There were several players who could have left to play pro ball, or even transfer this offseason, and Nate Laszewski was one of them. The big forward from Jupiter, Florida has had a tremendous career with the Irish, and it appears he is going to roll the dice in South Bend one more time.
Notre Dame basketball team should be loaded in 2022-23
On Wednesday night, the Notre Dame basketball team’s official Twitter account announced the news of Big Nate’s return.
Laszewski is a two-year starter for the Irish, and should once again man one of the forward roles in the starting lineup in 2022-23. He has done a tremendous job scoring the past two seasons, averaging over 13 two years ago, and nearly ten last season, and has averaged nearly seven rebounds in that span.
A rare big man who can score from the outside, Laszewski gives the 2022-23 team another scoring threat, which will prove huge with Wesley headed to the NBA.
The Notre Dame football team has a tall task ahead of them in Week 1, but their defense will be a tough test for CJ Stroud as well.
For the Irish, the expectation is that they will once again make it to the NCAA Tournament this upcoming season, and should get an instant shot in the arm from a true freshman once again in J.J. Starling. Laszewski is a proven player in the ACC, and a leader on this team, so the news Wednesday night should get Irish fans fired up for the upcoming season.