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Demetrius Jackson commits to Notre Dame basketball

The Fighting Irish made a splash on Thursday as the number four point guard in the country committed to Notre Dame.

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The decision for Demetrius Jackson was between Notre Dame and Illinois, ultimately deciding to stay close to home and play for the Irish, a stone's throw from where he grew up, Mishawaka, Indiana.

In getting a commitment from Jackson, Notre Dame added to their successful recruiting campaign that already saw head coach Mike Bray add fellow lauded recruits V.J. Beachem, and Steve Vasturia. Given the possibility that the school could see it's basketball program in the ACC in the next 12-to-24 months, it's a good sign for the Fighting Irish they have secured high-end talent prior to meeting up with powerhouses the likes of Duke and North Carolina.

Demetrius Jackson will be asked to become heir apparent for Eric Atkins, the senior Notre Dame point guard who finished the 2011-12 season averaging 12.1 points, and 4.1 assists. He was vital not only in the Irish's success, but also as a leader on, and off the court. Time will tell whether Jackson can have a similar impact.