Former MSU Spartan Garrick Sherman has huge game for Notre Dame



Notre Dame recruited Garrick Sherman coming out of high school. But the 6-10, 240 pound center choose Michigan State instead. But the Irish have him in 2012-13, and he had a huge night in ND’s 5 OT victory over Louisville, a game everyone will remember. The Shermanator is the first player to transfer to Notre Dame since June ’08 when Mike Brey welcomed 2011 Big East Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough from Mississippi State and current Irish senior forward Scott Martin from Purdue.

Sherman didn’t even play until overtime tonight, but he made the most of his minutes, getting 17 points on 7-9 shooting and 6 rebounds.

Although he hasn’t gotten a lot of minutes lately, the system fits Sherman better than up in East Lansing..

“It’s a lot different; coach Brey is more based on the players making the decisions and reads, versus Michigan State where it was the sets and you’re put in the position and expected to perform from there. and it’s a little bit better fit for me,” Sherman said.

Sherman looks up to NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki and it’s why he wore #41 at Michigan State.

Having to sit a year for his transfer to clear gave Sherman a chance to become acclimated to the campus culture before playing in competition again. He wants to expand his game and get stronger during his playing days at ND.

‘It’s a lot different there’s a lot more prep school kids here and not necessarily the kind of kids that went to the state schools. It’s not better or worse; just different,” he said.

Tonight he was arguably the most important player in a game everyone was watching.

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