Notre Dame basketball fans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the 2014-15 season, primarily because Jerian Grant will be back.
The Irish lost their starting point guard in December when he was dismissed from the team for academic reasons. Today head coach Mike Brey took a second to step away from his 2nd annual "Tip-Off for Heart" event and give an update on Grant.
"Jerian will be back June 15th for summer school," Brey said. 'We are excited to have him back. He was out here for a week getting all of his paper work submitted to be readmitted over the spring game weekend and he played pick up with our guys. It was neat to have him back. He is full speed ahead for June 15th and will be back with us when we head to Italy for the foreign tour."
Brey went on to say that there was roughly a brief period after Grant was dismissed from the team where he was worried that Grant would head to the NBA but it didn't last long.
"It became very clear from him and his family that they were going to come back, graduate from here in December, and play basketball."
Alongside Grant will be Marian alum Demetrius Jackson next season. With Eric Atkins graduating the Irish will be looking to Jackson for increased production on both ends of the floor. Brey says he has liked what he has seen from Demetrius so far.
"He has had a good spring in the classroom and on the court." Brey added that he could see Demetrius fitting well into a larger role. "He will be comfortable in that. When he has the ball in his hands and he is quarterbacking I think that will be really very interesting."