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After a fairly quiet first game, Pat Connaughton really came alive in the second and final contest, hitting a barrage of 3-pointers both with his feet set and off the dribble, some of which came from well beyond the NBA 3-point line. A 42% 3-point shooter this season, Connaughton has picture perfect form on his jump-shot, making him an extremely reliable option in catch and shoot situations. He even flashed a little more than just his outside shot, shot-faking on one occasion and smartly drawing a foul in the lane, and coming off a curl on another occasion and tossing in a pretty floater in the lane. Connaughton is not a particularly gifted defender, something he'll have to work on, but he makes up for it in other areas, particularly with his rebounding at the college level.
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Connaughton posted a 44 inch max vertical leap in the athletic testing, and he is indeed an extremely explosive jumper off one leg as he displayed on a number of occasions this past season, most notably against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. Many teams questioned the validity of that figure though considering that he measured a standing reach (a key component of the vertical leap) of just 8-feet, which is one of the smallest numbers ever for a player his size (particularly one with a 6-9 wingspan). Even more strange is the fact that he measured a standing reach of 8-3 ½ just a month ago at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is a much more realistic figure in all likelihood. Regardless, even if Connaughton's vertical leap is closer to the 40 inch mark, that's still a very impressive mark. [Read Full Article] 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. [Read Full Article]