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24 - Pat Connaughton

Notre Dame 

  • Birthday: 1/6/93
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-5
  • Wt: 215
  • Hometown: Arlington, MA
  • High School: St. John's Prep
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7

Overall

88

2015
Mock:  41

NBA Comparison: Adam Haluska

Strengths: Excellent athlete who posted the best or tied-for-the-best numbers at the combine in the standing vert, max vert, lane agility drill, and 3/4 court sprint. His 44-inch max vertical was, in fact, one of the best max vets in the history of the combine (but it was likely actually a 40' inch vert, and his 37' inch standing likely 33' as he measured with a 4 inches taller standing reach in PIT than in Chicago, and his standing reach and other measurements, height and wingspan just do not add up) ... Sharpshooter who connected on 42% of his threes (which he took a lot of) last season. Has a picture-perfect form. One of the best shooters in this draft ... Was sort of an elite role player in college, which will allow him to potentially make a very smooth transition to being a solid role player in the NBA. Did a lot of little things at a high level ... Smart basketball player, whether it's helping the offensive flow on offense or always being well-positioned on defense ... Crafty scorer who uses his leaping ability and solid length to finish at the rim ... Really good rebounding guard. Very good leaper with great instincts for meeting the ball in the air. Averaged over 7 rebounds per game last season ... Smart and willing passer and cutter who really helps keep the offense flowing ... Scrappy player who positions himself well on D and gets a lot of interceptions while still playing sound, fundamental defense...Solid wingspan (6'9") and strong frame also help to make him a decent perimeter defender ... Understandably good dunker who finishes well in transition ... Had a good showing at the Portsmouth Invitational, doing a lot of quintessential role player things while shooting the ball well and getting a fair helping of points ...

Weaknesses: Potential liability on defense, as he lacks the lateral quickness to do a great job at defending shooting guards but certainly doesn't have the size to play small forward ... Not a particularly threatening scorer in iso situations. Not much of a ballhandler ... Didn't standout in terms of production in college so he may not be able to make much of an impact in the pros ... Has repeatedly stated his commitment to his basketball career, but there may still be concerns about how his baseball career may take precedence ...

Notes: Named third team all-ACC last season ... Excellent baseball player who was drafted by the Orioles in the 4th round in 2014. Great all-around athlete who succeeds at everything he does ...

Overall: Connaughton will never be a star in the NBA, but his combination of athleticism and perimeter shooting will make him a tantalizing prospect in the second round. He's got a good feel for the game, as well, and could make a name for himself as a good spot-up shooter who has the adde bonus of being a great rebounder and transition finisher...

Jacob Stallard 6/24/15

August 9, 2011

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