When he starred at Marian High School, Demetrius Jackson often put on a show from big time 3's, to pull up jumpers and of course plenty of dunks.
But so far, Jackson's freshman campaign at Notre Dame has been one of ups and downs. Against Virginia Tech last week, Jackson was money in the 1st half and went on to match his career high with 13 points.
This past Saturday in a loss at Wake Forest was a totally different story. Jackson not only did not hit a single field goal all game, he did not attempt one shot in 22 minutes of action.
"For him, he's still learning to be a college guard and when to pick his spots--but we want him to be aggressive and not turn stuff down," Irish coach Mike Brey explains.
Jackson scored just a single point against Wake Forest, on a free throw in the final four minutes. Demetrius admits he's gotta go for it more.
"Yeah definitely," Jackson says. "I feel like I have to be more aggressive and even during the week, keep doing my repetition and doing my work and when the game time comes, just to transfer all that over to the game court."
His teammates are telling him not to over-think things.
"We need him to attack and be aggressive," Irish captain Eric Atkins says. "We're going to stress that on him."
"I think maybe coming from Eric and Pat, it's more powerful than coming from me," Brey says of telling Jackson to shoot more. "Both of those guys have talked to him about--hey you gotta go right there. You got to go. it's a process."
With Jerian Grant out, Austin Burgett's return unknown, and the Irish losing five out of their last six games, Jackson's played through the adversity.
"It's been a great learning experience so far me and the freshman and all the teammates and coaches as well," Jackson says. "We just want to continue work hard and get better."
Now the Irish need Demetrius to take that next step. It starts Tuesday night at Purcell Pavilion when the Irish host Virginia.