The Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball program is in an interesting place. The women's team is getting ready to make a final push for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. Micah Shrewsberry's squad's only postseason is going to be however far they go in the ACC Conference Tournament.
There is one thing that both halves of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball program have. They've got freshmen players that are among the best in the conference. And maybe even the best freshmen in the country.
That was proved on Monday when both Hannah Hidalgo and Markus Burton received ACC Freshman of the Week honors. Even more impressive than that is that it wasn't the first time that either player got that honor.
Hannah Hidalgo keeps doing Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball proud
Hannah Hidalgo isn't just having an impressive rookie season. She's now officially had a record breaking campaign. On Monday, we was named the Rookie of the Week for the 11th time. That's a conference record.
Her latest outing was far from perfect, but still plenty impressive. She also continued to show that she's much more than a scorer. Not only did she score 27 points but she hauled down 7 rebounds, dished out 9 assists and had five steals.
That performance helped the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat Florida State in double OT, 98-94.
Markus Burton leads comeback over Virginia Tech
Over on the men's side, Markus Burton has shown flashes of being not just one of the best freshmen, but one of the best players in the ACC. He got his second conference rookie of the week honors thanks to his efforts in Notre Dame's win over Virginia Tech.
Like Hidalgo, Burton showed that he can do a little bit of everything. He scored 16 points and hauled down 4 rebounds, doled out 8 assists, and had a whopping 6 assists.
While the two teams are not in the same spots yet, it's clear that the future is indeed bright for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball program.