Brey says forward Burgett can return this season after cardiac procedure


When the Irish men's basketball team hits the floor Tuesday night to face Virginia, Austin Burgett won't be there.

The sophomore forward instead will be recovering from a cardiac procedure earlier in the day to address an irregular heartbeat that caused a shortness of breath when the Irish faced Florida State last week.

"Thankfully this is not life threatening," Irish coach Mike Brey said Sunday. "This is a procedure that will be done Tuesday and evidently he can bounce back in 7 to 10 days. We will be very cautious in bringing him back. Frustrating for him but the nice thing is he can return this season. It's very fixable."

Burgett had moved into the starting lineup before suffering a shortness of breath early in the 2nd half against Florida State.

"I feel for him because I feel like he was just getting used to being a starter," Brey explains. "We tried to start him earlier in the year and he wasn't quite ready for that. We came back to it and he's really been playing well."

The absence of Burgett is another blow to an Irish roster which lost its best player, Jerian Grant, just before Christmas for the rest of the season due to academics.

Without Burgett, Notre Dame lost on the road at Wake Forest Saturday to fall to 11-9 overall and 2-5 in the ACC.


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