Garrick Sherman is another one of coach Mike Brey’s great transfer additions. The center, who came to Notre Dame after starting his collegiate career with the Michigan State Spartans, was a highly touted prep player. His accolades included a consensus rating as a top one hundred player, and a top ten selection at his position.
During his freshman year with the Spartans, Sherman displayed his post game. He shot 59 % from the field over all, and 62% in big ten play. Since the physical style of play in the Big Ten is similar to that of the Big East, Sherman should find himself right at home. Remarkably, he was even more accurate in his second season, converting 69% overall and 78% in the Big Ten. This interior contribution should be a significant factor in the NCAA Tournament, where close games can be decided by the ability to score inside and to get to the free throw line. This should help to alleviate Jack Cooley from frequent double teaming in the lane.
Sherman has the ability to contribute on the defensive end of the floor, as well. He averaged four block shots per game in his final prep season. Sherman and Cooley may not be as feared as the legendary Irish duo of Bill Laimbeer and Orlando Woolridge, but they should provide a solid interior when they are on the floor together.
Together with Tom Knight, Notre Dame has a good rotation in the post. The challenge will come when they face teams with quickness and athleticism at the power forward. Cooley seems to have the most quickness of the three, but the Irish may struggle with some match ups defensively.
At any rate, Sherman is another great transfer catch for Notre Dame. He gives them experience and, as with other transfer additions in recent years, his best collegiate success is certainly yet to come.