2015 NBA Draft Scouting Report: T.J. McConnell
T.J. McConnell Player Profile
May 15, 2015
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School: Arizona Wildcats
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Position: Point Guard
Career Stats: 10.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals
Strengths: T.J. McConnell is a strong player and is extremely tough. McConnell shot 74.9 percent from the free throw line. McConnell takes good care of the ball and makes the right basketball decision. McConnell is a past-first point guard and enjoys setting his teammates up. McConnell has an above-average basketball IQ. McConnell has quick feet and is capable of being a terrific on-ball defender. McConnell takes what the offense gives him and plays to win, rather than putting up flashy numbers. McConnell plays with a lot of energy and heart, not backing down from anyone. T.J. McConnell is a leader on and off-the-court, and he comes with no baggage.
Weaknesses: T.J. McConnell is quite small for the point guard position and has a below-average wingspan. McConnell also lacks great athleticism and can have issues creating his own shot. McConnell needs to improve his overall offensive game, especially his shot from downtown. McConnell is already 23 years old.
Projection: T.J. McConnell has potential to be a backup point guard in the NBA. McConnell lacks great physical tools, but he’s an excellent decision maker, is tough defensively and isn’t concerned about getting his own offensive numbers. Whether McConnell is drafted or not, I think he’ll make an NBA roster at some point, as he’s the true definition of what a point guard is.