The last McDonald’s All-American that Notre Dame had was Luke Zeller (2005) the older brother of Tyler and Cody Zeller. Luke had been bouncing around the NBA’s D-League before he got a real shot playing for an NBA team. He is now on the current roster for the Phoenix Suns. He only average’s 3.6 minutes per game and has played in 16 games so far this season. Zeller is considered a rookie since it is his first NBA season. Before him it was Torin Francis, who was a very solid player for the Irish. After Notre Dame he went on to play in the Itlaian League, Greek League, Israeli League, and now the Turkish League. Don’t forget about Chris Thomas who played in 2001 and was the only player to ever tally 1,700 points and dish off 600 assists. Then you add that he never missed a game in his 4 year career for the Irish.
Cameron Biedscheid the talented freshman playing for the Irish this season was an honorable mention McDonald’s All-American, but Jackson will be playing in the game held on April 3rd at the United Center in Chicago. That is when Notre Dame basketball fans will get a real glimpse of what is to come at Notre Dame.
Ranked as the 4th best point guard in the2013 by ESPN 6th by rivals, and also ranked the 20th best player by rivals and 21st best player by ESPN. Demetrius Jackson is a decent sized point guard at 6’1’’ 170 pounds. If you’re above 6’ as a point guard you are usually considered to have good height to play the position. As of now Notre Dame doesn’t have a backup point guard coming off the bench, which is why when Notre Dame played Louisville Atkins played about 60 minutes of basketball. He only had 5 minutes on the bench. Jerian Grant usually handles the ball when Atkins is out, but that takes away from the offense a little bit. With a point guard that will be able to come off the bench will be huge for the Irish. Even in some situations I think that Jackson could be put at the 2.