Ben Hansbrough took a visit to Notre Dame's campus over the weekend and liked what he saw.
"It went really well, that's all there is to it right now," Hansbrough said Monday. "Give me a couple days and maybe we'll be talking a lot more."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore guard is looking to transfer from Mississippi State, where he started 28 games for the Bulldogs and averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and shot 35.8 percent from the three-point line. He also shot 41.5 percent from the floor.
Going through the recruiting process a second time, Hansbrough also has a better idea of what he's looking for.
"What makes you happy as a basketball player and a student," Hansbrough said. "I think Notre Dame is a great fit for what I'm looking for."
He said he'll have a decision in a couple days.
Should he pick Notre Dame, Hansbrough would be the only new face in South Bend in 2008-09, but would have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. He'd be eligible right as a bunch of spots open up in the Irish rotation with the graduation of guard Kyle McAlarney, swingman Ryan Ayers and forwards Zach Hillesland and Luke Zeller. So at least three starting spots could be up for grabs by then.
Oh, and if you didn't know, Hansbrough is the little brother of North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough. And here's a YouTube tribute to Ben:
-By Michael Rothstein of The Journal Gazette