FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After testing the NBA waters V.J. Beachem says he’s happy to be back for his senior season at Notre Dame and is looking forward to taking on a bigger role as a leader for the Irish.
The New Haven graduate threw out the first pitch at the TinCaps game on Thursday night, tossing a strike at Parkview Field.
Beachem declared for the NBA draft this spring but did not hire an agent. That afforded him the opportunity to get evaluated by NBA teams without losing his eligibility at Notre Dame.
Beachem said he was told by NBA scouts he’d be a late second round pick in 2016 but he could become a first round selection if he stayed for his senior year. That prompted the talented swingman to withdraw from the draft.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points and 3.9 rebounds. He was at his best in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 17.5 points as the Irish advanced to the Elite Eight for a second straight season.