Feb 19, 2014; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Garrius Adams (25) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Eric Atkins (0) both chase a loose ball during the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Basketball: Why Last Night Showed Potential

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Last night, the Irish dropped their 13th game of a forgettable season. Notre Dame’s season has been tainted by the loss of Jerian Grant who was academically separated from the University in December.

For most, last night’s loss in Coral Gables was forgettable. However, the young players on Notre Dame’s roster stepped up.

Coming off suspension, Demetrius Jackson did what everyone expected. Jackson scored 17 points, dished out 5 assists and and collected 3 rebounds. His performance sparked a Notre Dame rally that came up short.

In the future, Jackson will need to be more consistent. But, looking towards next year, the Irish should have an excellent point guard.

The Irish will not only have a point guard. Connaughton continued to demonstrate that he has premier athleticism. His future with the team could be in question because of the MLB Draft. But, if he returns, he could be a top player in the ACC>

Another player who has become most assertive lately is VJ Beachem. He has a higher upside than Jackson because of his size and length. In his last six games, Beachem has averaged 6.5 points per game. If he adds weight, he will be a consistent double-digit scorer.

Next year, the Irish could add these three talents to Jerian Grant. Steve Vasturia has also been consistent as a starter for the Irish. The Irish have a solid group of Guards and Small Forwards for next year.

The only question mark in next year’s success is Notre Dame’s lack of depth at the Power Forward and Center position. Zach Auguste has been great at times but overall inconsistent. Notre Dame will need to rely on inexperienced players at these positions in the future.

But, overall, the future is bright. Brighter than 14-13.

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