San Antonio Spurs 2nd Round Draft Prospect: T.J. McConnell

By George Middleton

T.J McConnell: 23-years old, Arizona, Point Guard

Draft Express Measurements: 6″2, 6″2 wingspan, 188-pounds

2014-15 Stats: 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 0.1 blocks, 2.2 steals, 50% field goals, 83% free-throws, 32% threes, 30.5 minutes

Quick Season Review: T.J. McConnell was the leader of a terrific Arizona team that went 34-4 and lost in the elite 8. McConnell’s numbers don’t tell the story for what he did for the Wildcats as he was on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team for the second straight season. In the NCAA tournament, McConnell’s scoring numbers went up. He averaged 15.5 points and 3 assists in four tournament games. McConnell’s best game of the season was against Arizona State, when he finished with 25 points and 5 rebounds. He also had 21 points and 5 rebounds against Oregon.

Strengths: Efficient scorer. Incredibly high IQ. Doesn’t make many mistakes (2.1 to). Good free-throw shooter. Makes good reads. Great defender. Solid at finishing at the basket. Plays well in big situations. Plays hard at all times.

Weaknesses: Must improve ball-handling. Poor wingspan. Not a good athlete (31.5-inch vertical). Shooting range limited. Will he score at the next level? Must improve off the dribble. Age.

Where He Would Help Spurs?

T.J. McConnell will be a terrific defender with playmaking ability. With Cory Joseph possibly leaving (free-agent), McConnell can be the Spurs third point guard, behind Tony Parker and Patty Mills.

NBA Comparison: Steve Blake

Like Steve Blake, T.J. McConnell likes athletic ability and offense off the dribble. McConnell is a better defender, but Blake is a better shooter.

Below is a T.J. McConnell highlights video uploaded by North Dallas.

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