DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Pat Connaughton, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
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Pat Connaughton
Team: Notre Dame, Senior
PhysicalsPositionsRankings SalaryMisc
H: 6' 5"
W: 206 lbs
Bday: 01/06/1993
(22 Years Old)
Current: SG
Possible: SG
Rank 63 in NCAA Seniors
RSCI: 113
Agent: Lance Young
High School: St. John's Prep
Hometown: Arlington, MA

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Portsmouth6' 3.75"NA2066' 9"8' 3.5"NA32.5NA

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
2014/15NCAAPat Connaughton3835.612.54.49.446.61.93.653.72.45.842.31.31.778.

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HoopHall Classic Scouting Reports: Elite Prospects (Part Three)
January 23, 2011
Joseph Treutlein

Showing the highest motor of perhaps anyone we saw this weekend, Pat Connaughton (#87 Scout, Unranked Rivals, #100 ESPN) is a gritty player who finds ways to get involved in a ton of plays on both ends of the court, bringing a non-stop hustle to the game to go along with an intriguing foundation of skills.

Built with a very strong frame and excellent length for his size, Connaughton is a tough player with deceptive athleticism, being more powerful than quick and needing some momentum to make use of his explosiveness.

On the offensive end, Connaughton plays somewhat of a pseudo-point guard role despite being his team's biggest player at 6-5. Bringing the ball up the floor and initiating and creating a lot of his team's offense, Connaughton has a solid, right-hand dominant handle, not showing much in terms of advanced moves but having good craftiness with the ball. He isn't one to consistently break his man down in isolation and appears better suited for playing as more of a slasher off the ball, something he has very little opportunity to do in his team's situation.

As a shooter, Connaughton has decent mechanics but a very flat trajectory, and hit just 2-for-13 from three-point range in his game here, though recruiting services suggest he's normally a much better shooter than that. The fact that he had to take so many shots off the dribble, with a hand in his faced, or even double teamed certainly didn't help matters either.

As a passer, Connaughton shows outstanding vision and decision-making, always keeping his head up and doing a good job in helping to spread the ball around the floor, and he should be a good passer from the wing at the college level.

Defensively is where Connaughton really shines, playing with an extremely high motor and excellent fundamentals while having a great nose for getting in the action. He uses his length to make a ton of plays off the ball, crashing passing lanes, attacking the glass, and even blocking some shots, showing no fear in getting involved in any play. On the ball he has great hands and a very good stance, playing tough isolation defense and doing a good job in prevent, keeping the ball away from his man.

Looking forward, Connaughton's size and lack of great athletic tools limit his long-term potential, and his erratic outside shooting will pose a problem if it persists, but his intangibles, motor, and basketball IQ could make him a very valuable rotation player in college.
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