June 21, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey has announced that Garrick Sherman (Kenton, Ohio), a 6-10, 240-pound center, has transferred to the University of Notre Dame and will be eligible to play for the Irish starting with the 2012-13 campaign. Sherman, who is currently enrolled in summer school classes at the University, played the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns at Michigan State University.
He becomes the first player to transfer to Notre Dame since the June of 2008 when Brey welcomed 2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough from Mississippi State and current Irish senior forward Scott Martin from Purdue. Overall, during his 11-year tenure, Brey has mentored three other transfers in addition to Hansbrough and Martin — Ryan Humphrey (2000-02) from Oklahoma; Danny Miller (2002-03) from Maryland; and Dennis Latimore (2004-05) from Arizona.
“We’re thrilled to have Garrick join the Notre Dame basketball family,” Brey says. “We recruited him in high school and loved his style of play. I am excited that I will have the opportunity to coach him the next three years. He’s a great fit for our program because of his skill set and for how he plays the game. Overall, he is a terrific player for our program and we’re happy that he is going to be continuing his career in an Irish uniform.”
In ’10-’11, Sherman appeared in 34 contests and made 17 starts for the Spartans while averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. He shot a team-best .696 from the field (48-69) that including a stretch in which he hit 10 straight field goal attempts. Sherman also shot at a .789 clip (15-19) in Big Ten play. He led Michigan State in rebounding in two contests while starting the first 11 games of the season and averaging 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in those games.
Sherman scored a career-high 10 points against Washington in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 24, 2010 in addition to grabbing five rebounds. He pulled down a career-high eight boards in the season opener against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 12, 2010. Sherman grabbed seven rebounds on March 17, 2011 in Michigan State’s first-round matchup against UCLA, one of three times during the course of the campaign in which he hauled in seven boards.
As freshman member of a Michigan State squad that advanced to the ’10 Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind., he appeared in 36 contests and made 12 starts, including 11 of the first 14 games. During the season, he shot .596 from the field overall and .625 in conference play. He scored a season-high eight points against IPFW.
A prep standout at Kenton High School, he averaged 23.6 points, 15.6 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in his senior season while leading his team to the Division II district finals with a 17-6 mark. Named the Associated Press Division II Co-Player of the Year, he concluded his career as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in school history as well as the second-leading rebounder in the state of Ohio. In ’09, he was named a Division II All-State first-team honoree as selected by the AP and was the Player of the Year in the Western Buckeye League and the District 8 Player of the Year, the second consecutive year that he earned both of those honors.
Sherman netted 23.3 points, 15.5 boards and 5.0 blocks in his junior season while shooting 68.0 percent from the field and earning second-team all-state Division II accolades. He helped lead Kenton to a 17-5 mark during his junior season. A four-time all-league honoree, he averaged 17.1 points, 17.4 rebounds, and 5.8 blocks as a sophomore and 16.8 points, 14.2 rebounds and 5.4 blocks in his freshman season at Kenton High School.