Demetrius Jackson’s current status with the basketball squad remained as murky Thursday as it did Tuesday when Irish head coach Mike Brey declined to update the freshman guard’s progress after “poor academic habits” led to his absence from the win over Clemson.
“We’re not giving Demetrius updates,” Brey said. “He’ll be back when he’s ready to be back and we’ll cut him loose. I don’t think we’re going to do updates on him.”
Brey indicated Tuesday that Jackson could rejoin the team as soon as the end of this week — and play at Boston College on Sunday.
Garrick Sherman Update
Fifth-year senior center Garrick Sherman played 42 minutes in the double-overtime win against Clemson despite having an injured right ring finger. Brey said trainer Skip Meyer has taped the finger after initially thinking a surgical pin would need to be added.
“It will be a little uncomfortable, but he’ll be able to play,” Brey said. “We’re fortunate that we dodged the bullet on having to surgically put a pin in there.
“It affected him the other night. Now that we have some time and know how to tape it and practice it now, it’s going to be much less a factor. But I think it was a factor the other night. … It’s something that’s going to be there the rest of the year. It’s not going to heal before the season’s out. He’s going to have to play with it.”
Irish Face Depth Issues
Jackson’s unknown status isn’t the only hit to the club’s depth. Sophomore forward Austin Burgett is just a week removed from returning from the procedure to correct his irregular heartbeat and sophomore forward Eric Katenda is out indefinitely after his knee issues flared up again.
“There’s progress [with Burgett] every day,” Brey said. “We get into a lot of five on five [in practice], so guys are able to get into their rhythm. [Friday] will be a good long segment of five on five, almost a controlled scrimmage. For a guy like Austin, that’s really good given he needs to find some rhythm.
“The knee’s bothering [Katenda] again, so he’s shut down indefinitely,” Brey said. “It makes [freshman forward] Austin Torres be ready. I don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s our 10th guy and he had an ankle [injury] last week, but he was available on Tuesday. I told him, ‘We’re back into it again. I need you to be ready.’
“With Eric Katenda, I just am amazed at how bad the luck is physically with this guy. … There’s some pain and tendinitis, so we’re shutting him down for a while.”
The plan with Torres has been to redshirt this season.