Transfers abounding for Notre Dame athletics

Navy safety Alohi Gilman (1) celebrates with teammates Elijah Merchant (14) and Daiquan Thomasson after scoring a touchdown on a Connecticut fumble in the first half of an NCAA college football game Sept. 10, 2016, in Annapolis, Md.

Notre Dame's suddenly become a major player on the incoming end of the athletic transfer market over the last few days, extending across multiple sports.

On Friday, Irish football coach Brian Kelly announced that promising safety Alohi Gilman has transferred to ND from Navy. He will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018.

On Saturday, UConn power forward Juwan Durham announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Notre Dame in men's basketball.

Those moves following ND already announcing Thursday that All-Big Ten forward Jessica Shepard of Nebraska is joining the Irish women's basketball program.

Gilman played a leading role on the Navy defense as a true freshman in 2016.

The Laie, Hawaii, native made 12 starts and appeared in all 14 games for the 9-5 Midshipmen, including at three different positions (safety, corner and outside linebacker). He made 76 tackles and had five pass break-ups, both second on the team, plus five tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

"Alohi is a great fit here in terms of his character and also what he wants to achieve academically," Kelly said. "Clearly, that's primary in our recruiting. Secondly, in terms of his football fit, we got a good look of him against us last season. He plays the style of safety we want in this program. Alohi's a run-and-hit safety that fits perfectly in the Mike Elko defense."

Gilman's career-high 12 tackles (five solo, seven assisted) came in Navy's 28-27 win over the Irish on Nov. 5 in Jacksonville, Fla.

In the 6-foot-11, 220 pound Durham, the Irish secured a power forward they had been targeting for a while after Durham revealed an intention to transfer.

Durham, like Gilman and Shepard, must sit out next season under NCAA transfer guidelines. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018-19.

As a freshman last season, Durham averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in eight minutes per game. He also blocked nine shots over his 28 appearances.

Durham was rated a top-50 prospect nationally as a high school junior, averaging 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks for Tampa (Fla.) Prep, but suffered a torn right ACL in the postseason that year, then tore the ACL in his other knee early in his senior season, dropping his stock.

Shepard, as reported earlier in the week, will have two seasons of eligibility beginning in 2018-19. She averaged 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Cornhuskers as a sophomore this past season.

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