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November 6, 2013

No decision yet on Biedscheid

With the season-opener against Miami (Ohio) slated for Friday night at Purcell Pavilion, sophomore Cam Biedscheid, as of Wednesday afternoon, had yet to make a final decision on whether he’ll use his second year of eligibility at Notre Dame, or preserve the season and play for the Irish the next three campaigns.

“He and I talked Monday,” said Irish head coach Mike Brey at his Wednesday teleconference. “I think we’re coming to a decision, he’s coming to a decision on things. We’ll talk again this evening after practice. Certainly by Friday, we’ll have something.”

It was a surprise on Oct. 28 when Biedscheid was on the Irish bench in street clothes for Notre Dame’s first exhibition game. It was revealed at that time that his inactivity was neither injury nor academic-related. Following the victory over the University of Indianapolis, Brey said that Biedscheid was contemplating preserving a year of eligibility.

“We’re going to think about a five-year program for (Biedscheid),” Brey said a week ago Monday. “We haven’t made a final decision yet.

“It may be the best thing for him to get older, get stronger, academically…all of the above. Tim Abromaitis did it his second year. It’s an ongoing discussion.”

With a regularly-scheduled teleconference Wednesday, news of Biedscheid’s decision was anticipated, but Brey said Biedscheid continues to weigh his options. Former Irish standout Tim Abromaitis sat out his sophomore year with the Irish while current guard Jerian Grant preserved a year of eligibility during his freshman year.

“For a kid - and I’ve seen it with every one of them - coming to grips with that you’re not going to play this year, that’s a long year,” Brey said. “I remember Abro sitting in my office and saying, ‘Wow, I’m not going to put the jersey on for a year,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s not going to be easy at times.’”

The length of the 2012-13 season and an overall lack of strength eventually took their toll on Biedscheid during his rookie campaign. He was an electrifying offensive performer on occasion, connecting on 5-of-7 three-point shots in an 18-point effort against Villanova.

But by the end of the campaign, Biedscheid was wearing down, and Brey couldn’t count on the “instant offense” he frequently provided earlier in the regular season.

Biedscheid, who averaged 17.4 minutes per game, played 13 minutes or less in five of Notre Dame’s last eight games. He shot 1-for-12 in the Big East tournament, and then 0-for-5 in the NCAA tournament against Iowa State. Biedscheid missed his last 11 three-point attempts of the season and scored just five points in the last five games.

“By the time the tournament came around, I felt a little worn down,” Biedscheid said in early October. “It seemed like it kept going and going and going.”

Brey said he hasn’t pushed Biedscheid to speed up his timetable.

“We’ve not spent a lot of time with it,” Brey said. “He’s practicing every day. It’s almost as if, ‘Let me know how you feel and we’ll move forward with whatever.’ I just listen, and if he wants to do it, we’re supportive of it.
 
“He’s weighing that part of it as opposed to what’s best for him overall physically, academically, all across the board.”


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