When the Irish meet Brown on Saturday, it will mark one year to the day that Kyle McAlarney was arrested on marijuana possession.
McAlarney would be thrown out of school in the days and weeks to follow.
He wasn't sure if he would ever return.
But after head coach Mike Brey paid a visit to his home in Staten Island, McAlarney decided Notre Dame was where he still wanted to be.
This fall he returned.
He spent months practicing in empty arenas waiting for the days to return back on the court with his teammates.
That finally happened on November 2nd in an exhibition game against St. Ambrose.
Along the way, big moments have occur ed---like a return home to New York City and a dazzling performance in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in front of his family and friends.
Since then, he's been on fire on the court. He's the 2nd leading scorer on the team, averaging just below 15 points a game.
He's shooting a remarkable 48% from beyond the arc.
Most importantly, he's one of Mike Brey's most reliable players and a key reason the Irish are off to a great start.
K-Mac says he doesn't think about what happened a year ago anymore. He feels like it was 10 years ago.
He says its completely in his past now a blip on his career resume.
If he continues as a leader the way he has so far this year, that's what it will always be looked at---just a blip.