Nov. 1, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.), Ben Hansbrough (Poplar Bluff, Mo.), Tyrone Nash (Queens, N.Y.) and Carleton Scott (San Antonio, Texas) will serve as captains during the 2010-11 men’s basketball season. All four will be captains for the first time in their careers.
“These are the guys that have been leading us ever since our season ended in New Orleans last March with the loss to Old Dominion in the NCAA tournament,” Brey says. “They have been the voices for our younger guys on the court and in the locker room and will be the ones driving us all season long.”
Abromaitis returns as Notre Dame’s leading scorer following a breakout season in which he averaged 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds and shot 49.5 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 87.3 percent from the charity stripe. After playing in just 12 games as a freshman in 2007-08 and not seeing any action during the 2008-09 campaign, Abromaitis went on to earn BIG EAST honorable mention all-conference honors after playing in all 35 contests and making 26 starts. He scored in double figures in 28 contests, netted 20-plus points in seven contests, and reached the 30-point mark twice, including a career-high 31-point outing against UCF in his first career start.
Abromaitis, who was honored as the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year and was an ESPN The Magazine first team Academic All-America honoree, graduated one full year ahead of his class with a better than 3.70 grade point average from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance. Currently, he is enrolled in Notre Dame’s intensified one-year MBA program.
Hansbrough was one of three Irish players to average double figures. He returns for his second season in a Notre Dame uniform after averaging 12.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals. Hansbrough was one of three players who started all 35 games in 2009-10. He scored in double figures in 23 games last season and recorded two double-doubles. Hansbrough heads into the season needing just 12 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Along with Hansbrough, Nash started all 35 games for the Irish in his junior season. He averaged career bests of 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. Nash registered double figures in 13 contests and posted one double-double when he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds versus DePaul. He netted a career-high 16 points against St. John’s.
Scott started the final nine games of the season while playing in 34 contests. He finished the season averaging 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds. Scott reached double figures in four of the nine games in which he started and registered three double-doubles in the last six games. He scored a career-high 17 points against Georgetown and grabbed a personal-best 14 rebounds versus Connecticut, both Notre Dame victories.
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