Guardian of Demetrius Jackson says Marian alum is not transferring from Notre Dame

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Demetrius Jackson's guardian and foster father Dave Whitfield says Demetrius is staying put at Notre Dame, despite swirling rumors.

"He is not transferring," Whitfield told me Tuesday night.

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey says the Marian high school alum and Notre Dame freshman guard "needs a break to get his academic house in order."

Jackson did not play and was not in attendance for Notre Dame's 68-64 double overtime win over Clemson Tuesday night at Purcell Pavilion.

Brey says Jackson must improve "academic habits" and once he does so, Jackson can return to the team.

Rumors were flying that Demetrius was looking at a potential transfer from Notre Dame.

"Demetrius Jackson is very committed to Notre Dame," Brey said when asked directly about a potential transfer.

"He has done very well in school and needs to continue," Whitfield said. "Keep the faith. He will be fun to watch in future. He puts a lot of pressure on himself not only in athletics but with academics. We will always support him on and off the court. You will see over the next few years the DJ we all know!!"

Brey said he is putting his high school teacher hat back on to insure that Jackson gets back on track.

"He needs some time to get back in gear. I know how good of a student he is," Brey continued. "He had a great fall semester and summer. He needs to improve academic habits. He needs to get back to those good habits I saw in the fall. He just didn't get off to as good of a start as he did in the fall."

A freshman, Jackson is averaging 6.1 points per game for Notre Dame. He started 15 of Notre Dame's first 24 games this season but came off the bench for the last four games.

A McDonald's All-American, Jackson was a heralded recruit and the first local player (along with current freshman Austin Torres) to join Notre Dame during the Mike Brey era.

Jackson graduated from Marian last May as the St. Joseph County and Marian High School all-time leading scorer with 1,934 career points.

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