After school on Wednesday, Tom Knight tried to call the Irish coach and tell him he was verbally committing to Notre Dame. Brey was unavailable, and tried to call the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Dixfield, Maine, product back at about 10 p.m., but Knight was still working out with his AAU team.
Finally at close to 11 p.m., Knight got Brey on the phone and told him he was in the fold.
“He said I made his night,” Knight said. He will sign his letter-of-intent on Nov. 12th, joining Joey Brooks, Jack Cooley and Mike Broghammer in Notre Dame’s 2009 recruiting class.
“He was like I can really tell I was sure about this decision, and my future at Notre Dame is going to be good.”
Knight visited Notre Dame for the first time this past weekend with his father and coach from Dirigo High. He chose the Irish over Rutgers, Davidson, Maine and Northeastern. He took official visits to all of his favorites.
“I got back from my visit, and it was really cloudy to me,” Knight began. “The next day it started clearing up, and yesterday morning I figured it out.”
There were a few things that set Notre Dame apart from the others.
“Just how coach Brey treated his players, and how the players respected him and how they fit together good,” Knight explained. “Opportunities after basketball, Notre Dame is way ahead of the other schools.”
As a junior, Knight averaged 17 points and eight rebounds, leading his team to a game shy of the State Title contest.
“Offensively, he has the ability to score on the low post, but what makes Tom standout in comparison to some big players, is that he has the ability to step out and shoot the three very well,” Dirigo coach Gavin Kane said. “He’s an excellent passer and has a good feel for the game. Another attribute Tom has, is he is a very strong rebounder, and something that goes unnoticed, is that he outlets the ball very quickly and very well.
“I’m very proud Tom is going to be a part of the basketball program at Notre Dame, and his family is very happy for him.”