Notre Dame’s Austin Burgett expected to begin rehab next week

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During Notre Dame’s loss to Florida State on January 21 sophomore forward Austin Burgett experienced an irregular heartbeat, and according to the Chicago Tribune he remained hopeful that he would be able to delay undergoing a corrective procedure until the end of the season.

Unfortunately that was not the case, as two days after the initial incident Burgett experienced another episode.

On Wednesday Burgett underwent a two-hour procedure to correct the issue, and according to head coach Mike Brey the sophomore is expected to begin rehab in the middle of next week.

Burgett had a two-hour procedure in which doctors used radio waves to correct the rhythm of his heart. Brey said it is a “common, non-life threatening” procedure and the Irish will see how Burgett progresses during his rehab before making a determination on when he will return.

After going through a three-game stretch in December in which he played a total of nine minutes, the 6-foot-9 Burgett played double digit minutes in seven consecutive games before having to address his irregular heartbeat. Burgett was averaging 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game at the time of his injury, accounting for seven points in Notre Dame’s 76-74 loss at Florida State.

Notre Dame has struggled in its ACC debut, losing six of their first eight conference games with the loss of senior guard Jerian Grant (academics) being a major reason for the slump. Notre Dame hosts Boston College on Saturday, and according to the report Burgett is expected to be on the bench with the team for that contest.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.