Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie

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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie(05/23/2013) 


[Comment From Dirk, South BendDirk, South Bend: ]  Tom, you've probably covered this in one of your earlier chats, but who are the main targets for Notre Dame in the upcoming 2014 class and which position do you see as being the greatest need for the Irish?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:03 Dirk, South Bend



[Comment From JimJim: ]  Tom You mentioned in the last chat that in watching pre-game warmups vs ISU that the teams seemed mis-matched. Why did you get that sense? Did you think the problem was quickness/athleticism? Also after competing well with BE powers for years why would there be such a difference competing against ISU ?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:12 Jim


[Comment From DavidDavid: ]  Saw one preseason prediction picking ND second behind Duke in ACC. Seems too high to me for a team that was indifferent to playing good defense and serious questions about Sherman and Knight on the interior. Thoughts?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:17 David



[Comment From Dirk, South BendDirk, South Bend: ]  After attending the Crossroads Classic the last couple of years, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of fan support for the Irish outside of the great crowds they get at Purcell. Obviously they have the furthest to travel, but considering how well thought of last year's team was early in the season compared to the previous year, are there any solutions in your mind on how they can at least get similar crowds to what Purdue and Butler bring?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:29 Dirk, South Bend


[Comment From JimJim: ]  Tom-- What will you miss as a result of the BE break up? What won't you miss ?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:38 Jim


[Comment From mark from Elkhartmark from Elkhart: ]  i see that Stephen Zimmerman might be going to Michigan what i heard
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:49 mark from Elkhart


[Comment From Greg, AtlantaGreg, Atlanta: ]  Tom, in your 5/9 chat you mentioned that someone close to the situation said they were pleased with the progress ND has made toward securing a donor for a new practice facility. In Jack Swarbrick's 5/14 interview with the Observer, he said they haven't started having conversations with people who might be interested in donating. Are these comments at odds with each other or am I taking one or both out of context?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:54 Greg, Atlanta


[Comment From BobBob: ]  Getting back to your comments about ISU. I've been a little disappointed in our strength and conditining the past couple of years. Cooley didn't get any stronger and Grant at 200lbs. was disappointing. Moving forward Cam,Burgett and Auguste all have work to do, I'm hoping Zach's playing at 245 250 next year as his body seems to be able to carry the extra weight.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 12:59 Bob


[Comment From Ricardo-IndyRicardo-Indy: ]  A few weeks ago, Swarbrick announced a feasibility study to "enhance" ND stadium. I'm assuming there was a press conference. What I want to know is why writers like yourself (if you attended the pc) did not grill Swarbrick on his b.s. answers concerning the hoops practice facility. This guy needs to be taken to task for lying to Brey and McGraw about the construction of this much needed facility. His remarks were flippant and disrespectful to the hoops coaches. Why the reluctance by you media types to call him out on his b.s.?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:01 Ricardo-Indy


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  I agree we looked young and small against ISU, there must be a reason. Grants been in the program three years and while Atkins has made tremendous strides he still has a ways to go. I'll be extremely dissappointed if the most pro like body belongs to a 1st year freshman.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:13 Guest
Tom Noie:  OK
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:13 Tom Noie
[Comment From NDHoopsRecruits / South BendNDHoopsRecruits / South Bend: ]  Just to correct something posted earlier, Stephen Zimmerman is in the 2015 class, not '14. My question...who's going to back up DJax at PG after this season? If Jerian as rumored, leaves, that would only leave Vasturia who really hasn't played the position. I'm concerned because Brey's only looking at bigs in the '14 class. And thanks for doing this, Tom.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:17 NDHoopsRecruits / South Bend


[Comment From bobbob: ]  feeling small here Tom. What road trip do you look forward to as we head to the ACC?
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:20 bob


[Comment From BobBob: ]  Any info on the progress of Devin Cannady? I know he's class of 15 and hasn't done the AAU circuit yet. I've heard he quite talented.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:30 Bob


[Comment From JimJim: ]  Tom-- As a point of information Vasturia is a combo guard he can certainly handle it well enough to serve as a backup at the "1". He played the point as a soph. Also that's the beauty of playing for a coach like Speedy Morris, he will demand that a talented player improves. He won thirty games at LaSalle University in the late 80's with Lionel Simmons and Doug Overton.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:31 Jim


[Comment From Clark (Los Angeles)Clark (Los Angeles): ]  Tom, I have no insight into the ND donor base, but I would think that major donors can have some influence on the health of the ND basketball program. With that said, I'm surprised that it is taking so long to upgrade the basketball facilities. Do major ND donors not care about basketball? Do you think recruiting in the ACC will shine a spotlight on ND's insufficient facilities and force the administration's hand? Thanks.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:37 Clark (Los Angeles)


[Comment From WillWill: ]  Along the discussion of the basketball facility, I have two questions who is in charge of fundrasing for that project and why haven't they considered actually putting forth a campaign for smaller donations? My rationale being that moderate contributions from a few thousand people could potentally equal a big donor.
  Thursday May 23, 2013 1:44 Will