January 11, 2007
And a child shall lead them
For Tory Jackson, Notre Dame's 5-foot-10, lightning-quick point guard from Saginaw, Mich., it's a matter of perspective.
When you averaged 30 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals per game during your senior season at Buena Vista High School, you tend to feel the need do everything all the time.
For Jonathan Peoples, a modest-scoring component of a quality high school squad (St. Joseph's) in Bellwood, Ill., taking on a subservient role comes fairly naturally, even if playing a true point guard position does not.
The Jackson-Peoples duo has been asked to run the offense for the Fighting Irish (14-2, 2-1) in the absence of suspended sophomore point guard Kyle McAlarney.
So far, so good. After dishing out seven assists and committing eight turnovers against Louisville and Georgetown, Jackson distributed six assists with just two turnovers in Notre Dame's 61-58 victory over West Virginia.
Peoples turned in his best performance to date against the Mountaineers with three assists and just one turnover in 14 minutes of relief duty.
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