College Basketball Nation: Joey Brooks

1. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he will play suspended forward Tim Abromaitis in the two exhibition games Nov. 1 and Nov. 7. Brey wants Abromaitis to get a feel for the game before he has to sit four games due to a misinterpretation of the rules three years ago. Abromaitis played in exhibition games and then redshirted. Brey said he was aware of this penalty in the spring and, adding that’s why he put three easier guarantee games in the front of the schedule with Mississippi Valley State, Sam Houston State and Delaware State. But the CBE Classic had to put Horizon title contender Detroit at Notre Dame among the first four games. Brey said he’s legitimately worried about beating the Titans without Abromaitis. Brey said he will use a rotation of Joey Brooks, Jerian Grant and Alex Dragicevich in Abromaitis’ place with the consistent starters Eric Atkins, Scott Martin and Jack Cooley.

2. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was ecstatic that the SEC endorsed the NCAA’s waiver for Murphy Holloway, allowing him to play immediately after he transferred back to Ole Miss from South Carolina for personal reasons. Kennedy said the addition of Holloway on the frontline, which already includes Terrance Henry and Reginald Buckner, gives the Rebels as deep and talented a frontcourt as Ole Miss has had. The three go from 6-7 (Holloway) to 6-9 (Buckner) to 6-10 (Henry). The backups of 6-9 Steadman Short, 6-8 Aaron Jones and 6-8 Demarco Cox gives Ole Miss an extremely deep frontcourt in its quest to crack the top six in the SEC.

3. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was raving about freshman forward Chane Behanan earlier Wednesday. Pitino said he’s a special player has a tremendous amount of passion for the game. Pitino went as far as to say he hasn’t coached a player with as much talent since Jamal Mashburn at Kentucky. The 6-7 Behanan led the Cardinals with 16 points and four steals in a 74-55 exhibition win over Pikeville Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

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