South Bend Riley star Blake Wesley announced today, November 20th, his commitment to Mike Brey and Notre Dame. The decision was made during a commitment ceremony at his high school’s gymnasium. Wesley joins another local talent in JR Konieczny to round out the 2021 recruiting class.
Wesley was Mike Brey’s Top Target of the 2021 Class
Blake Wesley chose the Irish over Purdue, Xavier, Maryland, Creighton, and Kansas State. Indiana and Louisville also offered him. Wesley is a consensus 4-star recruit, ranked 96th by Rivals and 113th by 247sports. He and Konieczny are the best recruiting class Mike Brey has assembled since 2018.
On November 11th, Blake Wesley was in attendance when JR Konieczny signed his letter of intent to Notre Dame. Two days later, Wesley moved his commitment date from mid-December to today, all but assuring he was committing to Mike Brey and the Irish.
Expect Blake Wesley to Compete for Playing Time Right Away
Blake Wesley was a “must get” after Notre Dame has swung and missed on the recruiting trail the past two years. Wesley will provide Notre Dame with some much-needed perimeter athleticism, which is this current roster’s most glaring weakness.
Prentiss Hubb, Cormac Ryan, Dane Goodwin, and Trey Wertz will be the premier guards in the rotation next season, but expect Blake Wesley to compete for playing time. Injury-riddled Robby Carmody, sophomore Tony Sanders Jr., and Wesley will likely compete for the last guard in next season’s rotation.
Notre Dame will likely play small ball, spreading the court with guards over the next couple of seasons. Blake Wesley has the athleticism and playmaking ability this roster desperately needs to have success with that approach. The transition from the NIC conference to the ACC will not be easy, but Wesley has the physical gifts to provide value as a freshman.