Highly decorated high school star put together one of the top freshman seasons in the nation last year ... became the third player in school history to be named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year joining Bruce Atkins (1979) and Robert Mitchell (2007) ... was named A-10 Rookie of the Week a school record-tying five times ... was also named ECAC Rookie of the Year (the ECAC includes 287 member institutions ranging from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois) and to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Teams ... broke both the Duquesne single-season (previously held by Damian Saunders) and A-10 rookie (previously held by Temple's Pepe Sanchez) steal records with 91 in 32 games ... his 2.8 spg. average ranked fourth nationally ... led team PBC, which included DU teammates Mike Talley and Danny Herrera, to the 2011 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am summer league championship ... PBC trailed by 16 at halftime to defeat SPK Law - a team that featured Pitt's Ashton Gibbs and Lamar Patterson as well as former Panther Gary McGhee - 86-79 in the title game ... McConnell, who was the league Rookie of the Year in 2010, was named to the 2011 All-League Team ... coach's son who can play both guard spots.
As a Freshman (2010-11)
Was one of five to see action in all 32 games ... started 30 times ... averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals on the way to being named 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year ... finished in the top 10 in five A-10 statistical categories (all games): steals (1st at 2.8), assist/turnover ratio (2nd at 2.5-to-1), assists (5th at 4.4), field goal pct. (8th at .498) and 3-point pct. (9th at .402) ... also named to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Teams ... topped them all by earning ECAC Rookie of the Year ... was the only Division I freshman with over 300 points, 125 assists and 75 steals (344, 140, 91) ... ranked fourth nationally in steals per game (2.9 spg.) ... broke DU's freshman steals record in his 24th game (the old record of 70 was set by Clayton Adams in 32 g. in 1997-98), the Atlantic 10 freshman record in his 30th game (the old record of 86 was set by Temple's Pepe Sanchez in 31 g. in 1997) and the DU single-season record in his 31st game (the old record of 89 was set by Damian Saunders in 32 g. in 2010) ... broke the A-10 freshman mark with his fifth steal vs. Saint Joseph's at the A-10 Championship ... had at least two steals in all but six games and posted five or more steals six times ... was just the third player in the 15-year history of the A-10 All-Defensive Team not to earn a spot on the squad despite leading the conference in steals ... the others are Duquesne's Damian Saunders (2009) and Charlotte's Leemire Goldwire (2008) ... his 2.50-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (140-56) ranked second in the A-10 in addition to being tied for the sixth-best mark ever posted by an NCAA Division I freshman ... scored in double digits 19 times with highs of 20 (18 in the second half) at Green Bay, 19 vs. George Mason and 18 vs. West Virginia & Saint Louis ... was named Atlantic10 Rookie of the Week a school record-tying five times: (Dec. 13) - 19.0 ppg., 5.5 apg. and 3.0 spg. at Green Bay and vs. WVU; (Jan. 10) - 13.5 ppg., 5.0 apg., 4.0 rpg. and 3.5 spg. in road wins at Saint Joseph's and Houston Baptist; (Jan. 17) - 10.0 ppg. and 4.0 apg. in wins over Saint Louis and No. 19 (AP) Temple; (Jan. 24) - 10.0 ppg. and 5.0 spg. in wins over La Salle and Charlotte ... finished with six steals vs. Charlotte; (Jan. 31) - school record-tying fifth ROW honor 14.5 ppg., 7.0 apg. and 5.0 rpg. wins at Fordham and over Dayton ... had 14 points and five steals vs. No. 3 (AP) Pitt despite suffering a mid-foot sprain in shootaround the afternoon of the game ... did not practice for two days following the injury while wearing a walking boot ... shed the boot and came off the bench for the first time to log 31 minutes at Penn State (five points, six assists, three steals and zero turnovers) ... he had started all five games prior to the injury ... started 30 times (he also didn't start vs. Temple after being 10 minutes late for pregame breakfast) ... the six-footer had 11 rebounds to go along with 10 points and nine assists in 27 minutes at Bowling Green in nearly becoming the second player in school history to post a triple-double ... McConnell played just nine minutes in the second half of the lopsided win ... it was his third career game ... nearly did it again with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals in the 70-64 win over St. Bonaventure on March 2 ... handed out five or more assists in a game 14 times and led the team in assists a team-high 20 times ... became just the third freshman in school history - and first since Kenya Hunter (10) vs. Detroit on Feb. 20, 1993 - to hand out double-digit assists with 10 at Fordham ... did not turn the ball over in 30 minutes against the Rams ... finished fourth on Duquesne's freshman single season assist list with 140 ... his 979 minutes played were second only to Tom Pipkins' freshman record 1,138 in 1994 ... went 23-of-46 from the 3-point arc in his first 15 games, went 11-of-42 from 3-point (.262) in next 14 before finishing the year by going 5-of-9 in DU's last three games ... his 3-point shooting percentage (.402) was the second-best by a DU freshman ... had 68 assists and 17 turnovers in 16 Atlantic 10 games (4.0-to-1 ratio was the league's best in conference-only play).
2011 NCAA Steals Leaders
Cl G Stl Spg
1. Anthony Nelson, Niagara Sr. 29 98 3.4
2. Josh Slater, Lipscomb Sr. 30 93 3.1
3. Jay Threatt, Delaware State Jr. 30 93 3.1
4. T.J. McCONNELL, DUQUESNE Fr. 32 91 2.8
5. Jared Cunningham, Oregon St. So. 30 85 2.8
Top Freshman Assist/Turnover Ratios in NCAA History Five 2010-11 freshmen rank among the top eight all-time
Player, Team Season Games Assists TOs Ratio
Jason Brickman, Long Island* 2011 33 180 64 2.81
Desmond Wade, Houston 2009 33 113 41 2.76
Rodney Glasgow, VMI* 2011 29 116 44 2.64
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame* 2011 34 110 43 2.56
Danny Nieman, Coastal Carolina 2010 33 102 40 2.55
T.J. McCONNELL, DUQUESNE* 2011 32 140 56 2.50
Kendall Marshall, N. Carolina* 2011 37 230 92 2.50
Hernst Laroche, New Mexico St. 2009 32 139 56 2.48
* - Indicates 2011 freshman
Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa. (head coach Tim McConnell) ... played for his father, Tim, all four years ... team captain averaged 34.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game in leading 29-2 Chartiers Valley to a WPIAL title and an appearance in the Class 3A state championship game ... CV's two losses came to the Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti) and Ohio (Massillon Jackson) state champions ... his 34.4 ppg. scoring average in regular season play as a senior was the second-highest in the WPIAL in 25 years ... his combined scoring and assist averages accounted for over 50 points per game in 2008-09 ... had 32 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in the 65-63 loss to Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA title game ... Neumann-Goretti, which had four NCAA Division I recruits, entered the game ranked in the Top 10 nationally ... scored 34 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the top-seeded Colts to a 63-50 win over Hampton in the WPIAL Class AAA title game played at Duquesne's Palumbo Center ... named Pennsylvania's 2009-10 AP Class 3A state Player of the Year ... 2009-10 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Male High School Athlete of the Year (all sports) ... was named first team Class 3A all-state as a senior, second team all-state as a junior and third team all-state as a sophomore ... was a three-time section MVP ... finished his career as the fifth-leading scorer in WPIAL history with 2,406 points - including 1,062 as a senior ... Pitt All-American Don Hennon, who scored 1,003 points for Wampum HS in 1955, is the only other player in WPIAL history to top 1,000 points in a season ... set a WPIAL record with 334 career 3-pointers ... shot 61.0 percent from the field, 80.6 percent from the foul line and posted 28 double-doubles and eight triple-doubles as a senior ... had the fifth-highest scoring game in WPIAL playoff history with 44 points in a win over Indiana ... his low scoring game as a senior was 23 points ... set a tournament scoring record with 106 points at the Surf and Slam Classic in San Diego on Dec. 28-30, 2009 ... averaged 22.1 points - including career high 52 points in a win over West Mifflin, 3.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 5.9 steals per game as a junior ... was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 as a junior and senior ... averaged 19.1 ppg. before shattering two bones in his left wrist in a late-season injury as a sophomore ... the injury, which sidelined him for three months, required the insertion of titanium plates and pins in the wrist ... never lost a home game in helping his father's Chartiers Valley program to a 99-14 record during his four-year high school career.
Comes from the first family of Pittsburgh basketball ... his father, Tim, in addition to being one of the most successful coaches in WPIAL history, played at Waynesburg College (1984-86); his aunt, Suzie McConnell-Serio was an All-American at Penn State (1985-88), Olympic gold medalist and WNBA standout prior to being inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 ... Suzie, who was named the best 5-4 basketball player of all time (men or women) in the October 29, 2007 edition of Sports Illustrated, is currently head women's basketball coach at Duquesne ... a second aunt, Kathy McConnell-Miller, went to four NCAA tournaments as a player at Virginia (1987-90) and has been a Division I head coach at Tulsa and Colorado ... she spent time this summer as an interim assistant for the WNBA Tulsa Shock ... uncle Tom, who played two seasons at Davidson (1981-82), has over 20 years of coaching experience, including seven seasons as head coach at Saint Francis, Pa. (1992-99) ... a third aunt, Maureen, played at Pitt (1989-91) ... verbally committed to Duquesne in October of 2007, before he'd played a game as a sophomore ... he was 5-8 and weighed 125 pounds at the time ... McConnell caught Everhart's eye after hitting three 3-pointers and stealing the ball from Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor as a freshman in a game at the Palumbo Center ... undeclared liberal arts major ... full name is Timothy John McConnell, Jr. ... date of birth: 3/25/92.