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Brey Addresses Jackson’s Absence

Freshman guard Demetrius Jackson did not attend the team’s double-overtime win over Clemson on Tuesday.

Freshman guard Demetrius Jackson did not attend Tuesday’s 68-64 double overtime win over Clemson due to “poor academic habits,” Irish head coach Mike Brey said after the game.

Brey said Jackson will rejoin the team — as quickly as within the week — if he gets back on track academically. Until then, he will not participate in team activities.

“With [Demetrius], it’s real simple, just academic habits,” said Brey, who added that he has dealt with this plenty of times as a coach. “He had such a great fall semester … and summer.”

Amid rumors Tuesday night that Jackson has contemplated transferring to Illinois — a finalist during his recruiting process — Brey, when asked directly about a potential move, said: “I think Demetrius is very committed to being at Notre Dame.”

Brey would not delve into specifics about Jackson’s academic issues, but only offered that he “didn’t get off to as good a start as he did in the fall semester.”

“You get to come back to basketball when those habits get more consistent,” he said. “We’ll get some more time to get caught up. If it’s caught up at the end of the week, we’ll get him back to practice and go from there.”

The Mishawaka native arrived at Notre Dame in the fall as a four-star recruit and the No. 49 overall prospect in the class of 2014 according to 247Sports. Despite starting for most of the season, Jackson is averaging just 4.6 points per game in conference play and has shot 39 times in 11 ACC contests.

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