Notre Dame making first trip to Chapel Hill since 1993.
Notre Dame has three straight road games on its docket.
AS A SENIOR: Named tri-captain for the 2002-03 season along with teammates Matt Caroll and Dan Miller...a tremendously skilled athlete who is looking to conclude his career with an outstanding senior season...an extremely athletic and versatile player, he has seen time during his career playing both inside and on the perimeter...owns most playing experience of any returning frontline player...gifted offensive player who has tremendous first step to the basket...in addition to being a strong finisher inside and around the basket, he is a good perimeter shooter...with the losses of Ryan Humphrey and Harold Swanagan up front, he will need to become a more aggressive rebounder at both ends of the floor.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 17 games during the 2001-02 campaign and averaged 11.7 minutes per contest...bothered somewhat by injuries throughout the season...started first two contests of the season, replacing Ryan Humphrey, who was out of the lineup due to a secondary NCAA violation...averaged 4.15 points and 2.8 rebounds per game...set new career highs in scoring in each of first two games with 14 points vs. New Hampshire and 16 vs. Cornell...matched career high with eight rebounds against the Big Red...scored four points and hauled in four rebounds against Georgetown in first meeting while playing 10 minutes...grabbed five rebounds in 15 minutes of action against Pittsburgh at home...matched career best with a pair of assists vs. Army and Hawaii Pacific...hit double figures in first two games of season after scoring 10 or more points just six times previously...played 19 minutes against West Virginia on the road and had key basket in final 51 seconds of contest with the Irish trailing by five in come-from-behind victory...did not dress for the West Virginia game because of plantar fasciitis.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 22 games as a reserve in 2000-01, including the last 14 games of the regular season...averaged 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds...scored in double figures for the sixth time in his career as he came off the bench to score 10 points in win at Rutgers while connecting on four-of-five shots from the field...had seven points against Long Island as he connected on three of five shots from the field...played a season-high 15 minutes against Tennessee Tech, grabbed four rebounds and matched career-high with two assists...had five points and a season-high six rebounds in the season opener against Loyola, while matching career high with two steals.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 37 contests and made two starts against VMI and in first meeting against Miami...averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds...had 10 points vs. Rutgers in first round of BIG EAST Championship and then added seven in quarterfinals vs. Miami, including a three-point field goal with 20.6 seconds left to put the Irish to within one point of lead...scored 12 points on four three-point field goals vs. Pittsburgh and added four rebounds and two assists....also scored 12 points vs. Syracuse with three three-point field goals...had a career-high 13 points, including two three-point field goals, and a career-high eight rebounds vs. Indiana...played a career-high 33 minutes vs. the Hoosiers...scored nine points with a three-for-four effort from three-point range vs. Maryland...had nine points vs. Villanova and scored eight points vs. Elon and St. Peter's...also had seven points against Siena with seven rebounds...scored five points in 10 minutes in win over Connecticut - scoring all five in key 13-2 Irish run midway through second half...also tied a career high with two assists vs. Huskies...scored four points in 19 minutes of action in first round NIT win over Michigan and also had four points in quarterfinal win over BYU.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for the Basketball Club of Split for the four seasons before coming to Notre Dame...was part of four national championship teams during his career...was his team's most valuable player in 1996 and '97 and led his team in scoring in both seasons...in 1995, was member of Croatian national team that won the 16-years-old-and-under European championship...was youngest member of that team at age 15...was a member of the 19-year-old-and-under national team before coming to Notre Dame...in 1996, traveled to Augusta, Ga., with a team of European all-stars to play a series of games against high school players from the United States...attended a Nike camp in Paris in 1997...oldest of two children...son of Branko and Iskra Macura...full name is Jere Macura...born 1-7-80, in Split, Croatia...enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.