Tom Droney’s three finalists are the Irish, Pittsburgh and Davidson, and the Notre Dame coaching staff and players certainly gave the 6-foot-6 Droney something to think about.
“It seems like a really good fit, and I really enjoyed my visit,” Droney stated.
“It could come in a week or two,” Droney added about a verbal commitment. “I just have to sit down and make sure I’m making the right decision.”
Droney arrived in South Bend on Thursday night with his parents. They made it over to the Notre Dame campus on Friday morning and immediately met with coach Mike Brey.
“When I’d be a freshman, he thinks I could step in and be a really good ball handler because the only other guard would be Ben Hansbrough,” Droney explained. As a sophomore, he averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists. “He really likes my game and really wants me to come to Notre Dame. He thinks I could be a great player there.”
From there, Droney again toured the campus he is very much familiar with. His grandfather is a Notre Dame graduate, and as a kid he attended several football games. Droney also attended basketball camp in South Bend as a youngster, and back in September, he visited Notre Dame the weekend of the San Diego State football game.
After walking the campus, Droney attended a class with Hansbrough, and then had lunch with the coaching staff and players on the team. From there, Droney met with an academic advisor and then watched the team workout. Afterwards, he got a chance to workout himself, and then from there, went over to the football pep rally.
“That was real cool,” Droney said.
Then it was time to enjoy the Irish’s 103-64 victory over Briar Cliff in the exhibition opener.
“It started off slow, but it’s kind of hard to get motivated for that game,” Droney said. “The team wasn’t the best, but they hit a lot of 3-pointers against Notre Dame, but the second half they totally controlled the tempo. I thought they played well the second half.”
While watching, Droney definitely pictured himself out on the Joyce Center floor in an Irish jersey.
“I was,” Droney said. “I really can see myself fitting in at Notre Dame. I feel like my game really fits their system well.”
Droney also schmoozed with recruits Tom Knight and Taran Buie. He thinks both were having as good a time as he was having. It was his first time meeting Knight, but he’s known Buie for a long time.
“I could tell he liked it,” Droney said of Buie. “I didn’t get a chance to hang out with him that much because he came the second half of the game. I got to talk with him for a half hour, catch up and stuff. I think he likes it. He didn’t really know I was looking at Notre Dame, so he knows it would be a good backcourt.”
After the game, Droney hung out at Luke Harangody’s spot with Tim Andree and Scott Martin.
“They were just telling me how good of place it is, and how much they like it,” Droney said.
Droney had to get up and leave early Saturday morning. Now he will sit down with his parents and discuss a college decision. Notre Dame didn’t do anything to hurt its standing this past weekend.
“Just my comfort level with the coaching staff and the players,” Droney said. He also had scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State, St. Joseph and Duquesne. “Certainly the academics and the basketball are tremendous.”