The Notre Dame basketball team is trying to reload and revamp after a disastrous 2022-23 season and its also building for the future.
Former Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry knows a thing or two about rebuilds. He basically had to tear everything down to try and build it back up for the Nittany Lions.
Now Shrewsberry is trying to turn the Notre Dame basketball program back into what they were for so very long. And he knows that in order to really build the Fighting Irish back up, he’s going to need to build a good squad this year and build for the future as well. When it comes to 2025 power forward prospect Malachi Moreno, Shrewsberry is building momentum.
Mareno and Shrewsberry know each other before the coach was with the Notre Dame basketball program. So when the 7-foot-1 power forward out of Georgetown, Kentucky took a visit to South Bend, it was more about getting a feel for a potential future home, then getting to know a coach.
The good news in that regard is that Mareno definitely felt like he could make South Bend his home in the very near future.
“I liked the campus, the facilities, and just the overall area of South Bend,” Moreno told Inside ND Sports. “It was truly amazing to see.”
Notre Dame basketball has big competition for Big
Prior to visiting the Fighting Irish, Mareno took in Arkansas, Cincinnati, and Indiana. At the moment, it’s not clear if there is a clear front-runner.
Moreno is ranked as the No. 62 overall player in the 2025 class and he has plenty of the most powerful programs in the country hot on his heels. It would seem likely that if Notre Dame basketball could find a way to reel him in, it would be quite the statement for the Fighting Irish’s new coach as he tries to take the program back to the glory days.