Pat Connaughton: 22-years old, Notre Dame, Small Forward/Shooting Guard
Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″5.25, 215-pounds, 6″8.75 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 12.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.7 steals, 47% field goals, 78% free-throws, 42% threes, 35.6 minutes
Quick Season Review: Notre Dame had a tremendous season as they went 32-6 and lost to Kentucky by two in a classic elite 8 game. The heart and soul of the Fighting Irish was certainly Connaugton. Connaughton spent a majority of some big games at the forward spots despite being only 6″5, as he used his grit and competitiveness to get the best of the opposition. Connaughton’s value to the Fighting Irish is much larger than his numbers indicate. Connaughton’s best game of the season was arguably against Virginia, one of the best defenses in the nation. Connaughton finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds in a tough loss.
Strengths: Connaughton is a great athlete (44-inch vertical). A terrific shooter that made 2.4 threes per game in his last two seasons. Incredible competitor that brings it every night. Good defender that can defend both wing spots. Smart player that doesn’t make many mistakes (1.2 to). Excellent rebounder. Exceptional free-throw shooter.
Weaknesses: Undersized especially since he plays more like a small forward. Tweener. Not much of a creator on offense. Ball handling an issue. Must improve foot speed.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
Pat Connaughton has the potential to be a three and defense player. He will give the Spurs another capable outside shooter with athleticism. Connaughton also brings toughness something the Spurs bench lacks.
NBA Comparison: Joe Harris
Joe Harris was a terrific collegiate player at Virginia. Like Connaughton, Harris was a terrific defender and shooter in college. I believe Connaughton is a better athlete than Harris, which makes his ceiling slightly higher.
Below is a Pat Connaughton highlights video uploaded by North Dallas.