Brey's Irish will rely on Harangody, captains

With the graduation of four seniors and the pre-season injury to Scott Martin, Mike Brey's Notre Dame men's basketball team has a few question marks heading into the upcoming season.

One question mark they don't have to worry about is their go-to-player.

That is All-American Luke Harangody, who decided against entering the NBA Draft last June to return for his senior season at Notre Dame.

At Media Day Thursday, Gody said he couldn't imagine not being a member of the Irish.

"This is the right place for me," Harangody said. "This was the right decision. Right when I came back to camp, I knew I did the right thing."

Harangody has the opportunity to break all sorts of records for the Irish this season---including points and rebounds.

While his eyes are set on the team goals, he admits he can't ignore the possibilities of setting some individual history.

"Getting back to the tournament, having a good year in the Big East is most important, but you can't put those records all the way in the back of your head--that's an important deal," Harangody explains. "They've been around for ever and breaking those records would be great."

There's a team record Harangody can help the Irish acheive this season. With 23 wins, the seniors would become the winningiest class in Notre Dame history.

Harangody is one of three captains for the Irish this season along with Tory Jackson and Jonathon Peoples.

Gody and Jackson have been starters all four years of their careers.

"I don't know if we've had two stronger personalities in my ten years as senior captains then those two guys," Irish head coach Mike Brey says. "I think that gives you a chance."

As for Harangody and Jackson, they each have a ton of respect for the other.

"Luke, I don't think he recognizes and realizes how good he is," Jackson says of Harangody. "He can score, he can create. Having him around is great, but sometimes I have to be careful of becoming a fan."

"I think Tory's game from what I came back, I think its just elevated so much," Harangody said of Jackson. "He's running our team, he's still our voice. He's a big reason why I'm so successful too."

The three captains are all expected to start along with Ben Hansborough and Ty Nash.

The Irish play their first exhibition game on November 1st at the new Purcell Pavilion.


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