As Notre Dame looks to find some help rebounding, the Irish could turn to sophomore Tyrone Nash. Nash is a 6-foot-8 guard-forward who could provide an inside presence for Notre Dame with his physical play.
"Nash certainly becomes very important and he is and I think he will become important in league play," head coach Mike Brey said. "Nash has been the guy who has played a little bit of Rob (Kurz's) role in practice and in games. He didn't get a lot of minutes the other night, but I think he becomes an important guy for us."
That is the problem for the Notre Dame staff, finding playing time for Nash.
"Who do you want me to take out of the game?" Brey asked rhetorically. "I fly by the seat of my pants, it's a feel. We never go in with any kind of plan or whatever. He's played 10 (minutes), he's played 12, he's played 2. Certainly foul trouble dictates it."
Nash is averaging 2.9 rebounds in just 9.7 minutes through nine games this season.
"Even in the little minutes that he's been playing, he's been showing how active he is on the glass and what he can do," point guard Tory Jackson said of Nash.
"There's no question Zeller and Harangody and Hillesland have to be the guys eating up most of the minutes down there," said Brey. "He's got to jump in and get stuff and do it. It could be three minutes one night and 17 the next, he just has to be ready, he has to be ready to play. I know we're very confident in him and his teammates are, it's just kind of hard to yank minutes away from those other guys right now because they're older and they give us a little bit more given they're veterans."
Harangody certainly has confidence in Nash and expects to see him get a shot in the Irish's final two non-conference games against Delaware State and Savannah State before Big East play begins.
"I think these next two games Tyrone is going to get a chance to show us what he can do," said Harangody. "I think he's going to have a big deal on the backboard and hopefully he can give us that in Big East play too."
Nash averaged a double-double in his final two high school seasons at Lawrence Woodmere Academy in New York. Nash went to prep school at Northfield Mount Herman in Massachusetts where he averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds.
Jackson believes that Nash has the tools to be a great player when he becomes more consistent through increased playing time.
"He's going to get better and once he gets better he's going to play a lot more. When he plays defense he does it for a few possessions and maybe takes one or two off," said Jackson. "But when he consistently does it, he's probably one of the best players in the country to me. He's so strong, his body is ridiculous and he knows how to use it well. He can be a great player for us."
"Certainly I'm happy with where Tyrone Nash is and I think he becomes an important guy as we get into league play," said Brey.