Notre Dame point guard and Marian High School alum Demetrius Jackson says a week long break from basketball last February to focus on academics helped him in the long run.
"I definitely think that struggle made a stronger person," Jackson said Thursday, speaking to the media for the first time since Mike Brey had him sit out a pair of games. "I love to play basketball so it was unfortunate I had to sit out but it definitely made me stronger."
Jackson returned to the Irish after being out for six days last February and worked himself back in the rotation.
"Very humbling, grounding me, letting me know that I need to work hard on and off the court," Jackson explained. "All of the lessons I learned last year, I took those and I applied them this summer--ending up with a good summer and hopefully continue to do that in the fall here."
Brey says Notre Dame's trip to Italy this summer has helped Jackson mature and grow on the court. Jackson is taking over the primary point guard duties this upcoming season with Eric Atkins graduated.