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Sanders Jr., Wertz Are Irish

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team has announced the additions of freshman Tony Sanders Jr. and junior Trey Wertz to the 2020-21 roster. 

Sanders Jr. joins the 2020-21 incoming freshman class, along with Elijah Taylor and Matt Zona. Wertz is transferring to Notre Dame after playing his first two years at Santa Clara. 

“As we officially add Tony and Trey today, it is a great shot in the arm for our program,” Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey said during a press availability. 

Tony Sanders Jr. 

6-7 | 190 | Gulliver Prep | Miami, FL

  • Helped lead Gulliver Prep to the 2020 Region 4-4A Championship game.
  • Averaged 20.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game during his senior season.
  • Rated as the No. 198 overall prospect in the country and 20th in the state of Florida according to 247Sports.
  • Scored 1,966 points and pulled down over 500 rebounds in his career at Gulliver Prep.
  • Completed with the Florida Lighting on the AAU circuit in 2018-19. 

Irish head coach Mike Brey on Sanders Jr…. 

“Tony is compared to Ty Nash and that is quite a compliment. He is a 6-7 guy who just knows how to play and is good with the ball. I think he is going to be a great four-year investment for us. He has a feel for the game and athletic ability. He has been well-trained as a high school player.”

Trey Wertz 

6-5 | 180 | Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC

  • Rated as the eighth-rated (Stadium) or 13th-rated (ESPN) potential sit-out transfer in the spring of 2020.  
  • 2019-20 Honorable Mention All-WCC
  • 2018-19 WCC All-Freshman Team
  • WCC Player of the Week (December 21, 2018)
  • Started the first 29 games of the 2019-20 season for Santa Clara, leading the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and three-point shooting (40.0 percent). 
  • Boasts a wealth of Division I playing time, appearing in 62 games at Santa Clara with 58 starts. 
  • Reached double figure scoring in 18 games last season, including 24 points against Southeast Missouri, 28 against Mississippi Valley State and 31 versus Pacific. 
  • Set the Santa Clara freshman record for assists in 2018-19, while leading the West Coast Conference in rookie scoring (12.2 pg) and assists (4.7). 

Irish head coach Mike Brey on Wertz…

“I am very excited about Trey. He is one of those guards in a long, long line of great guards we have had. I don’t know if he is a ‘one,’ or a ‘two,’ or a ‘two-and-a-half,’ or a ‘three,’ or whatever – he is a basketball player. He is a feel-for-the-game guy with a great skill set.  

“Trey is 6-5 but he has a 6-11 wingspan. He is 180 (lbs) but by the time he takes the floor for us he will be 195 or 200. I knew we were in good shape when he texted us during the process and said ‘Coach, I have been on Synergy, do you see me playing like Jerian Grant in your system?’ I said, bingo! Yes. He is a great fit for us.”