The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were already in a position of change. Head coach Mike Brey has to deal with entering a new conference (ACC), losing some key players and will now be without the services of sophomore, Zach Auguste.
Losing Auguste — who averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in only 11 minutes per game last season — was going to be an important part of the program this year. Really, he was going to replace a portion of the minutes open when Jack Cooley graduated.
Unfortunately for the Irish, however, whatever plans Brey had for Auguste are put on hold. Well, for at least for four to six weeks as the program announced that the big man broke his left hand and will miss at least a month.
This isn’t a deathblow to the program, but it would have been nice to work Auguste in and out of the rotation during the non-conference schedule. With his return now being closer to the start of the ACC schedule, it will be trial by fire for the sophomore.
The good news for the Irish, though, is that they do return some veteran bigs. With Tom Knight and Dick Vitale’s favorite player, Garrick Sherman, coming back as well as Austin Burgett, Eric Katenda and Austin Torres in the mix, Notre Dame should be alright.
Regardless, hopefully Auguste returns quickly and in full health.