Demetrius Jackson will return to Notre Dame for junior year

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Demetrius Jackson is headed back to Notre Dame for his junior season, he told ESPN.com.

Jackson averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 boards and 3.1 assists and shot a team-high 42.9 percent from three this past season while playing the role of Jerian Grant’s sidekick in the back court of the Fighting Irish.

Jackson has the potential to be a first round pick, and there were some that believed he could sneak into the guaranteed-money portion of the draft this year. But with another season under his belt, one where he will carry the full weight of Mike Brey’s offensive attack, he’s got a chance to be drafted in the lottery in 2016. Draft Express currently projects Jackson as the No. 11 pick in next year’s draft.

The 5-foot-11 athletic dynamo is going to find himself all over Breakout Star lists as we head into 2015-16. He had a terrific postseason, one where he showcased his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and just how good of a scorer he can be. During Notre Dame’s run to the Elite 8, he scored 20 points in a win over Wichita State and had nine points and eight assists against Northeastern.

Losing Grant and Pat Connaughton is going to hurt the Irish, but with Jackson back in the fold along with Zach Auguste, Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and Bonzie Colson.