Irish men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Brey announced Wednesday that captain Scott Martin will sit out indefinitely due to issues with his twice surgically repaired knee.
Martin has been having a tough time playing up to his usual form in the past few games, with wear and tear on his knee taking a toll.
Although Martin does not need surgery, he does need rest. Brey told NewsCenter 16 that the Irish were not sure if Martin will be able to come back at all this season.
From here on out the team will plan as if Martin is not coming back, giving opportunities to other players. Without the Irish captain on the court, Mike Brey said the team will have to “reinvent” itself a little bit for the remainder of the season.
“It’s a big blow to us,” said Brey, “he’s kind of a player coach on the floor, a leader, a captain, he makes us flow. He rotates over and defends everybody—as proof, the charge the other night against Rutgers.”
Losing Martin will not be easy, but the Irish have dealt with the loss of key players in recent years.
According to Brey, “It’s not foreign territory to our program, you know, two of the last three years we lose Harangody, we steal a NCAA bid, we lose Abromaitis, we steal a NCAA bid. This is a very familiar dance.”
Notre Dame faces South Florida on Saturday at noon in Tampa. The Irish are 3-3 in the Big East, and the Bulls have only one league win against Georgetown.