Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/10/11

Notre Dame recruited Garrick Sherman coming out of high school. Of course, the 6-10, 240 pound center choose Michigan State instead. But the Irish will have him in 2012-13, and this year he’ll be allowed to practice with the team, but can’t travel and can’t play obviously.

The Shermanator becomes 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.

It’s going to be a rough season in South Bend, especially so after Tim Abromaitis was lost for the season with a ACL. Maybe the Shermanator can give them a big boost next season?

The system might fit him better.

“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.

n ’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.

Having to sit a year for his transfer to clear gives Sherman a chance to become acclimated to the campus culture before playing in competition again. He wants to expand his game and get stronger for the two years he’ll have to play 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.

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