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Notre Dame Fighting Irish Guard Scott Martin Nearing Return

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Fighting Irish sixth year senior Scott Martin hasn’t played a game since January 21st. The Irish are hoping that will change, as Martin is scheduled to participate in some full-speed practices this weekend. Notre Dame, who is 21-6 on the season, are certainly excited to regain a player who scores eight points per game and adds some crucial experience to the team.

And when I say experience, I mean six years of college under his belt. Martin started his college career for the Purdue Boilermakers before transferring out after just one year. Martin isn’t just some rotational player for the Irish either. In his 18 games this season, Martin has averaged nearly 30 minutes on the court per outing.

Irish head coach Mike Brey isn’t ruling out Martin playing this weekend:

“He’s really trying to make some progress toward a full practice or going live five-on-five on Friday, which would be a big step.”

Brey is also excited, naturally, about his return, but has some trepidation about how he is going to fix his rotation:

“I think we would put him in there and get him in there and see if we can rotate it through. The reality is, it’s hard to play a fifth big guy. But we played around at times playing him as a third perimeter guy. That’s not out of the question, either.

I bet any other team in the nation would like to have that problem. However, I am sure Brey would like to have him rejoin the team as soon as possible, so he can integrate him back into the rotation, thus avoiding any possible hiccups come the NCAA Tournament.

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone