Harangody explains why he is returning to Notre Dame

Luke Harangody feels he has unfinished business to take care of.

"It came down to me, just wanted to be a kid again," Harangody said Tuesday about he decision to return to the Irish for his senior season. "It's another year of college, and definitely I look back and didn't want to go out on the year we had last year."

Harangody waited until the final day, Monday, to pull himself out of the NBA Draft.

"The NBA is a business," Harangody explained. "It's not like being at Notre Dame around the group of guys that we have. I realize this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

But of the problem for Harangody was not knowing where he would be drafted. If he was a 1st round pick, he would receive a guaranteed 3-year multi-million dollar contact.

"A handful of teams interested in me in the first round and then early second round. But nothing is guaranteed," Harangody said of what he heard about his status.

"The way people were talking about the draft this year, no one really knows what they're doing and it was a pretty unsure thing. I felt like if I was going to keep my name in it, it's going to be -- I was going to be taking a big chance because I had no idea where I was going to get drafted."

When asked what he would if hypothetically he was guaranteed to be a first round pick, Harangody began to explain when Coach Brey jumped in to answer for him.

"He'd have to go," Brey admitted. "That's a real rarity of getting a guarantee and then feeling good about it on the night of the draft when all those things change."

"But I told him, I said, if you get to a great position, I'm going to be the first one to shake your hand. You've got to go."

Haranagody has led the Big East in scoring and rebounding each of the last two seasons and is on pace to pass Austin Carr at the top of Notre Dame's all-time scoring list.

"Obviously that would be great to have those records," Harangody said. I mean, you can't lie about that."

"But that's not the reason I came back to school. If I get the records, great; if I don't, great. I'm just looking to have a great season, getting back to the NCAA Tournament."

Harangody credited Coach Brey with being there for him whenever he needed him during the process and said their relationship has grown tremendously.

Luke said he also has grown as a player and has never had as much confidence in his game.


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