Quite the journey to Notre Dame from Penn's Austin Torres

After years of not having any local players, the Notre Dame men's basketball team will soon have two.

Last Thursday, 5-star point guard Demetrius Jackson committed to Mike Brey and the Irish.

Monday, The Irish landed a second local talent.

As WNDU first reported, Penn forward Austin Torres tells NewsCenter 16 he has switched his commitment from Central Michigan to the Irish. It wasn't an easy decision for Torres but one he knew he had to make. His mom Brenda played soccer at Notre Dame and his biological father Oscar McBride was a tight end for the Irish football team in the early 90s.

"it's something you can't really turn down," Torres explained Tuesday. "Notre Dame has been a dream school ever since I was a little kid. Growing up in Granger, Indiana--being next to South Bend--I've always gone to their football games, their basketball games. It's just a blessing to have this opportunity."

Torres committed to Central Michigan last weekend then spoke with Brey and Irish assistant Anthony Solomon last Wednesday and the wheels were in motion. Torres de-commited from Central on Friday and now he'll join his good friend Demetrius at Notre Dame.

When Jackson committed to Notre Dame, he had about 10 members of his family and friends in attendance at the WNDU studios. Among them was Torres who gave Demetrius a huge hug before and after Jackson made his announcement.

"You know me and Demetrius have grown up to be best friends," Torres said. "To have that duo together, that chemistry together is kind of hard to stop."

Some have speculated that Torres only received the Notre Dame offer because of Demetrius. That has fueled Austin over the last 24 hours. It's motivation for him.

"I'm going to have those people who maybe don't believe in me but I'm going to make sure I get rid of their doubts," Torres explained.

Torres and Jackson play on the same AAU team and the Irish were able to see Torres' progression first hand as they continued to recruit Jackson over the last several months. Torres wasn't even playing varsity basketball as a sophomore. His growth physically and as a player, have come over the last year.

"He sees the potential in me," Torres said of Brey. "People have told me I have my best basketball ahead of me. I just have to put in the work and effort to make that come true."

While teammates in AAU, Jackson and Torres will be rivals this upcoming season in the Northern Indiana Conference.

Brey is not allowed to comment on either play until they sign their national letter of intent in November.


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