Who's on Notre Dame hoops recruiting short list?

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Following are 12 current high school juniors on the recruiting short list for the Notre Dame men’s basketball program. Players are listed alphabetically with position, height, weight and hometown with high school in parenthesis.

Also included are recruiting rankings (number of stars) by the three national sites —, and — as well as a few of the other schools on each prospect’s wish list that have offered scholarships.

Notre Dame has three scholarships to offer the recruiting class of 2017.

• Brian Bowen, SF, 6-7, 175 Saginaw, Mich. (LaLumiere School, LaPorte, Ind.) Four stars; Five; Five.

Also: Boston College, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, St. John’s, Texas.

Note: Bowen transferred to LaLumiere after two years at Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, the same hometown as former Irish point guard Tory Jackson.

• Wendell Carter, C, 6-10, 240, Atlanta (Pace Academy) Five stars; Five; Five.

Also: Alabama, Auburn, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Vanderbilt.

Note: Considered a top five prospect, Carter also writes a high school/recruiting blog for USA Today.

• Nicolas Claxton, PF, 6-10, 180, Greenville, S.C. (Legacy Charter) Not ranked; Four stars; Three.

Also: Arizona, Baylor, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina State, Wake Forest.

Note: Claxton’s father, Charles, played collegiately at Georgia and was a second-round NBA draft pick who appeared in three career games with the Boston Celtics during the 1995-96 seasons.

• D.J. Harvey, SF, 6-5, 185, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic) Five stars; Five; Five.

Also: Arizona State, Connecticut, Duke, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, Villanova.

Note: Notre Dame has signed only one player (Jerian Grant) from DeMatha during the tenure of Irish coach and DeMatha graduate Mike Brey.

• Jaren Jackson, PF, 6-9, 210, Indianapolis (Park Tudor) Four stars; Five; Five.

Also: Butler, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Xavier.

Note: Jackson’s father, also named Jaren, played collegiately at Georgetown and spent 13 seasons in the NBA.

• Zach Kent, PF, 6-9, 205, Middletown, Del. (St. Andrews) Four stars; Three; Four.

Also: Dayton, Maryland, Oregon, Providence.

Note: Kent is considered a future stretch-4 type of versatile talent who can play inside and step outside.

• Chris Lykes, PG, 5-7, 155, Washington (Gonzaga Prep) Four stars; Four; Three.

Also: Dayton, George Mason, LaSalle, Richmond, Villanova.

Note: Offered by Villanova in January, Lykes received a Notre Dame offer in March when the Irish were in Washington for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

• Brandon Randolph, SG, 6-5, 175, Westtown, Pa. (Westtown) Not ranked; Four stars; Four.

Also: George Washington, Hofstra, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech.

Note: Offered by the Irish last month, Randolph is close with incoming freshman guard T.J. Gibbs.

• Aamir Simms, PF, 6-7, 215, Dyke, Va. (Blue Ridge School) Not ranked; Four stars; Not ranked.

Also: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Hofstra, Penn State, Xavier.

Note: Simms attends the same boarding school as former Irish center Tom Timmermans.

• Xavier Tillman, PF, 6-7, 235, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Christian) Four stars; Four; Four.

Also: DePaul, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, Purdue.

Note: Tillman was in the Irish locker room on an unofficial visit following the regular-season finale win over North Carolina State.

• Kris Wilkes, SF, 6-8, 190, Indianapolis (North Central) Four stars; Five; Five.

Also: Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Purdue.

Note: Considered a top 15 national prospect who is reportedly one of the must-get guys for Indiana, Wilkes first started hearing from Notre Dame last month when he was offered a scholarship.

• Hameir Wright, SF, 6-8, 205, Albany, N.Y. (Albany Academy) Four stars; Three; Four.

Also: Albany, Cincinnati, George Washington, James Madison, Vermont.

Note: Wright plays for the same AAU team (Albany City Rocks) as Irish sophomore-to-be Elijah Burns.