6-foot-6, 180-pound guard Steve Haney was one of several 2013 prospects who had the chance to play pickup ball with current members of the Notre Dame basketball team last week.
“It was fun, it was a lot of fun,” the East Lansing, Mich., product said.
Haney was on Notre Dame’s campus with Michigan Mustang AAU teammates Derrick Walton, D’Andre Johnson and Josh Kozinski. “It just makes it more relaxed and a lot more comfortable,” Haney said of visiting with friends.
Haney called the chance to play with current and former Division-I players “a great experience.”
“It was great to see that it’s not too far away from us,” he said. “There are some things we need to work on, but I think getting older will help. I definitely was impressed with some of their players and Tory Jackson and Kyle McAlarney were there too and they’re great players.
“They definitely brought us right in and got us the ball and were real cool about everything.”
The Mustangs also got a chance to tour the Notre Dame campus.
“We got to see some of the facilities and then we got to go around the campus,” he said. “The facilities were a lot nicer than I knew. I hadn’t really seen them before, so I was surprised to see how nice they were. Campus was really nice. I had never really been there before, so it was surprising to see how nice the campus was. The way the buildings were, the Golden Dome, all of that stuff was real nice.”
They also were able to meet with Irish assistants Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
“Coach Ingelsby showed us around campus and let us know that they were interested,” said Haney. “He talked about how they like to get up and down the floor and shoot a lot of threes.
“They said they’ll definitely be out to watch us play in July. They told us to stay in touch and call them if we have any questions or want to talk about anything.”
College coaches were allowed to start calling 2013 prospects last week and Haney has already heard from Tennessee, Texas Tech Miami, Harvard, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo and Iowa State.
“It really caught me off-guard,” Haney said of the attention. “I was really surprised how hectic and crazy it was that day. It definitely shows that working hard is paying off.”