Joey Brooks looks to give it a go

March, 1, 2013
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Joey Brooks will not be playing basketball at Notre Dame next season. Whether that means he won't be playing anything at Notre Dame next season remains to be seen.

The fourth-year men's basketball guard plans to give it a go with the Irish football team this spring at tight end, though anything beyond that remains up in the air at this point.

Brooks, who understood that minutes on the hardwood would be limited coming into this year, has spent the year on the bench in street clothes and is keeping his options open.

“He’s been great,” Mike Brey said during Thursday's Big East coaches' teleconference. “We talked in the spring and it was very much man-to-man. I think Joey knew, given what we had returning and Cam [Biedscheid] coming in, that it was going to be hard for him to really find good minutes. And so we talked about what would be the best situation for him, and my feeling was to use him as a practice player and to use him as an older guy and leader -- he’s been great in both of those things, and has understood that and has been really supportive. I maybe was a little concerned could he do it over the long haul? Will it get old eventually? ‘Gosh, I want to play.’ But his frame of mind has been really great with that.

"And I think he’s got a lot of different options next year. He’s got a job offer in New York City. Could he use the year of eligibility to go somewhere else and play after graduation? Basketball, that is. And the one thing he’s really going to take a look at here is trying to be involved with our football program. And I’m really supportive of all those. I’m excited for him and he’s excited.”

Brooks averaged 2.3 points and eight minutes per game for Notre Dame. On the gridiron this spring, he would be challenging returning tight ends Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack, along with early enrollee Mike Heuerman and Alex Welch, who missed last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during camp.

The Irish will also welcome Durham Smythe in the summer.

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