Mike Brey and the rest of the Notre Dame coaching staff told young Cameron Ayers they'd be recruiting him soon enough.
"They were all joking around," Ayers said.
Nobody's joking any longer.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Ayers is one of the guards the Irish coaching staff is looking at in the recruiting class of 2010. The Germantown Academy standout from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania has had several conversations with Brey and assistant coach Sean Kearney.
"They just said it's going to be different than my brother's recruitment," Ayers said. "They're going to treat me with my own recruiting process, and act like I don't have a brother there."
Notre Dame isn't the only school asking about Ayers, who averaged 13 points and three assists as a sophomore, helping his team win its second-straight league title. Georgetown, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, Temple, Richmond and LaSalle are a few of the many other programs inquiring about the point guard.
Ayers is the son of Randy Ayers, who is an assistant coach on the Washington Wizards staff, and has had previous head coaching jobs at places like Ohio State and with the Philadelphia 76ers. The younger Ayers said he'd like to know his college future before his senior season tips off, and with Ryan loving his time at Notre Dame, will at least consider the Irish until the end.
"They have a good guard system, so I think they see me as a big guard that can play the shooting guard or point guard position and contribute.
"I like the style of play a lot," Ayers said of Notre Dame. "It's really guard oriented, like how there is specific plays with the guards. And I like to shoot the ball and that's always a good thing. I think I would fit in with the style of the play and the personality of the guys, my brother always speaks highly of them. It seems like he fit in right away when he got there. I think they have a great tradition as well."
Ayers GPA is hovering around 3.3. Besides Notre Dame, he has only really seen the campuses at St. Joseph and Temple. Ayers said he'd like to visit Michigan, Georgetown, and Clemson, possibly Wake Forest or Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame again.
"First, I'll look at the academic standpoint," Ayers explained. "I'll look at the different things they offer, and see what I can major in. Campus life, if it's a lively campus, do I fit in? The relationship with the players and coaches obviously. Location, I don't want to go too far."
Ayers said that he has yet to beat his brother in a game of one-on-one. Perhaps he'll get another chance when he comes to South Bend during the football season, as the Irish host Stanford on Oct. 4th.
Ayers will definitely be locked in when Notre Dame's basketball season begins.
"I think they're going to be really good," Ayers stated. "All they lost is Rob Kurz. I think they'll be strong. They have a tough schedule against teams like UCLA and Ohio State, but if they stay together and play as a team, I think they'll do some damage."
Ayers has had minimal conversation with the Notre Dame staff about a potential scholarship offer.
"I guess they'll come see me play this year or next year during AAU, or maybe I'll go out there and visit with my brother and play with them once or twice. That's really about it."