The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are expected to be a top 25 team in college hoops this season, which is why they were ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Unfortunately, sophomore Zach Auguste has gone down with an injury and will be out four to six weeks, according to ESPN. What does this mean for the team?
Well, hopefully Notre Dame will just start the season off without him and hopefully he is not out for more than six weeks.
Auguste averaged just 3.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game last season, but he did only play 10.7 minutes per game on average. He was a freshman last year, so I am sure he will receive more playing time in his second year.
The Fighting Irish are losing Scott Martin and Jack Cooley, so they could use all of the help in the rebounding department that they can get. Martin averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and Cooley averaged 10.1 rebounds per game.
Auguste stands at 6’10” and weighs 242 pounds. With more playing time I am sure he could become a force in the rebounding department for the team.
Regardless, hopefully he has a fast recovery and hopefully he can have a big season for Notre Dame.
The team is set to tip-off the season on Nov. 8, so a miracle would need to happen to get Auguste back on the court for that game. The Fighting Irish should still be a solid team and they should be one of the better teams in the ACC in the 2013-14 season.