With the McAlarney decision expected out this week, precedent points to a semester suspension. Assuming Kyle's return in the fall, Notre Dame should have three sure-fire starters: K-Mac, Kurz, and Harangody. After that, the picture gets a bit fuzzier. I am sure Mike Brey will like to give Tory Jackson a shot at a starting position, probably the shooting guard. With those four set, the question becomes who will play small forward. Ryan Ayers hasn't proven anything in limited playing time and Brey seems to be hesitant to give him more opportunities. Zach Hillesland, the best overall choice, lacks the deep threat to make up for Jackson's lack of range. If K-Mac and Tory are lined up in the backcourt, your starting 3 for the '07/'08 season will be... Luke Zeller.
Zeller's game is tuned to the wing and he will present a tough matchup for opponents outside. His ability to shoot the 3 will stretch the defense and we will not have to worry about playing inside more than the handful of minutes when both Kurz and Bamm-Bamm ride the pine. LZ has received lots of criticism from this end, but I strongly feel that his game will improve with less inside responisbility.
Of course, a prediction this early for the starting lineup next year is as reliable as predicting the next president. Just... think about it.
Big game tomorrow for the Irish to get a solid conference road win. Let's continue a little momentum before the Saturday rematch with 'Nova.