SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team is already facing its first dose of adversity, just days before practice officially gets started.
Junior 6-foot-8 swingman Scott Martin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a preseason team workout Thursday and will miss the entire 2009-10 season. Martin underwent an MRI exam Friday morning and tests revealed the damage to his left knee.
This would have been Martin's first season in a Notre Dame uniform. Martin, from Valparaiso, Ind., sat out last season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after leaving Purdue for South Bend in June 2008.
Martin likely will have surgery during the week of Oct. 19. He is expected to recover fully in time for the 2010-11 season.
"I am very disappointed for Scott," Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey said. "He had worked so hard last season in practices and in the weight room improving his overall strength and getting himself ready to be a big part of our lineup this season.
"We are expecting Scott to make a full recovery and he will use this year to rehabilitate his knee in preparation for the 2010-11 season. Scott Martin is going to be a very good player here at Notre Dame. It's now just going to be a little bit longer wait before we can get him on the court."
Brey said the fortunate thing is with the injury starting before the start of practice in two weeks it gives the Irish plenty of time to find a replacement. The most likely candidates are Carleton Scott and Tim Abromaitis, a pair of juniors who have each sat out a season.
"They're veterans now and should be in a position to give us more," Brey said.
Three freshmen also will be competing for playing time. The Irish, who also return senior guard Jonathan Peoples, also could go with a three-guard lineup at times, Brey said.
"You have three guys who are in their fourth year of college basketball and really know how to play," he said.
Martin, a standout at Valparaiso High School, played in 32 games for the Boilermakers during the 2007-08 campaign and averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report