Notre Dame basketball makes push for sharpshooting big man

East Carolina transfer Brandon Johnson could provide needed size for Notre Dame basketball while also possessing the range of a guard.
East Carolina Pirates forward Brandon Johnson (23) collides
East Carolina Pirates forward Brandon Johnson (23) collides / William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Notre Dame basketball season is over, Micah Shrewsberry and the company can take advantage of so many of its rivals who are unable to focus on the just-opened transfer portal. While there were times the Irish looked tough to beat, they eventually fell in the second round of the ACC Tournament and are now sitting at home watching the NCAA Tournament like the rest of us.

Shrewsberry is now working on continuing his rebuild in South Bend. Part of that rebuild will almost certainty involve hitting the transfer portal hard. 

One player that the Notre Dame basketball team has reportedly already targeted is Brandon Johnson. It’s not a secret why the East Carolina transfer would be of interest to the Irish. The question now is will they be able to fight off some programs that are in better shape.

On3’s Jamie Shaw reported on Wednesday that the Fighting Irish are among a gaggle of schools showing Johnson interest from the very first minute they could. However, in addition to Shrewsberry’s team, Johnson has heard from South Carolina, Arkansas, Clemson, Pitt, St. John’s, Miami, and Seton Hall.

If Shrewsberry wants to lure the now-former East Carolina player to his team, he’s got his work cut out for him.

Notre Dame basketball pushing for East Carolina sharpshooter

The grad transfer just completed his best season with Pirates. Johnson scored 14 points per game, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. He also shot 42 percent from the field, but was someone who could drain a shot from deep as he shot 36 percent from beyond the arc.

The next step is going to betting Johnson to take an official visit. As a general rule, the transfer portal moves even faster in basketball than it does for football. Hopefully the Notre Dame basketball team can elbow their way into contention.