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Notre Dame coach: Harangody should test NBA value

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06:43 AM ET 04.02 | With 42 seconds left in it, Luke Harangody's junior season at Notre Dame ended. Between free throws near the end of an NIT semifinal Tuesday, Irish coach Mike Brey pulled his star forward, stopping Harangody before he hit the bench to emphasize how proud he was of how Harangody dealt with constant, unrelenting attention from other teams. Suffice to say their next discussion will carry much more weight. After a week of decompression, Brey, Harangody and the player's family will discuss his options for the NBA future -- and Brey, for one, thinks his All-Big East stalwart should dip his toe in the professional pool. "I just think he's a young man that needs to examine his stock," Brey said following a season-ending loss to Penn State. "He owes that to himself to do that. I've had three guys test the waters. I feel good that all three have made the right decision." As he left Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night clutching an orange, Harangody did not divert from the usual ho-hum, we'll-see approach that he's maintained all year, even as he became the lone player in the national top 10 in both scoring and rebounding. "I talked to coach about it a little bit on and off during the season," Harangody said. "You don't want to put a big emphasis on it. I think now I'm just going to take a week, sit down with coach, sit down with my parents and my family and friends and just discuss it. I'll probably make a decision coming up here in a week. "We really haven't talked about it that much. I definitely need to sit down with him, look at my options. We still have a great group coming back next year, too, so it's not a bad situation to be in. But definitely we need to sit down and discuss the options." The fact that there are options is precisely why Brey feels Harangody should move forward. Harangody can declare for the draft and go through the evaluation process without losing eligibility, so long as he does not sign with an agent.

Chicago Tribune

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