#24 Pat Connaughton
One of the greatest leaders in the history of the Notre Dame men’s basketball program … two-time Notre Dame captain and one of 22 players in program history to serve in that role in multiple seasons … played in more games (139) than any other Fighting Irish player … started 123 career games to rank third all-time in that category … made 120 consecutive starts during his career as one of three players in Notre Dame history to make 100-plus consecutive starts … concluded his career as the eighth Fighting Irish player with better than 1,400 points and 800 rebounds … finished 16th and eighth, respectively, on school’s all-time career scoring and rebounding lists … owned career averages of 10.5 ppg. (1465 points) and 5.9 rpg. (823 rebounds) … scored in double figures 74 times during his career and netted 20-plus points on 11 occasions … grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 20 career outings and registered 16 career double-doubles … led the Irish in scoring and rebounding 19 and 41 times, respectively … also led Notre Dame in blocks on 32 occasions during his career … fifth all-time in career three-point field goals made (268) … 41st pick overall (second round) in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft by the Brooklyn Nets and was subsequently traded to the Portland Trailblazers.
SENIOR SEASON (2014-15): Helped key Notre Dame’s run throughout the 2014-15 campaign and led the Irish to one of the greatest seasons in program history … named the only captain during his senior year and was one of just four players since the 1985-86 campaign to serve as the lone captain during a basketball season … averaged 12.5 ppg. (475 points) as the third-leading scorer and a career-best 7.4 rpg. (282 rebounds) as the leading rebounder … a third team all Atlantic Coast Conference selection … second-leading scorer in ACC play as he averaged 11.4 ppg. and a team-best 7.5 rpg. … one of four players to start all 38 games during the season … made 90 three-pointers during the season to become the eighth player in school history to connect on 90 or more three-point field goals in a season … netted 10.0 ppg. and 7.3 rpg. in Notre Dame’s four NCAA Championship contests … averaged 11.9 ppg. and 5.9 rpg, during the seven-game postseason run … named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team after scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a win over Wichita State, netting eight points and hauling in nine rebounds in a loss to Kentucky … reached double figures on 26 occasions and scored 20-plus points three times … grabbed 10-plus rebounds on 20 occasions … recorded a team-best nine double-doubles … became the 56th player in Notre Dame history to reach 1,000 career points when he netted 17 points in the season opener against Binghamton … also recorded his first double-double of the season in the contest as he grabbed 10 boards … named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff All-Tournament Team after averaging scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds versus UMass, and then tallying 13 points and hauling in 11 boards against Providence … scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in overtime win against Michigan State while playing 19 minutes in the contest … posted a 19-point and 14-rebound performance against Fairleigh Dickinson … began a career-best 11-game double-figure scoring streak when he netted 19 points and grabbed 14 boards versus Purdue in the annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis … followed that contest up with a season-high 21-point effort versus Northern Illinois … also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double … finished with 16 points and seven rebounds against Hartford … played all 50 minutes (matching a career high) of Notre Dame’s double-overtime win against Georgia Tech, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds … in first-ever win for an Irish basketball team at North Carolina, contributed 16 points and grabbed nine boards … tallied 21 points and registered eight rebounds in loss to Virginia … produced fourth double-double of the season as he scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a victory over Miami … followed that up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Virginia Tech … finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in come-from-behind win at North Carolina State … his 13 points and 12 rebounds helped Notre Dame earn a regular-season win against Duke at Purcell Pavilion … scored 11 points in win at home against Boston College … played all 40 minutes in victory at Clemson while finishing with 14 points and six rebounds … netted 13 points and grabbed a career-high 15 boards while playing all 40 minutes in a loss to Syracuse … scored 14 points in a quarterfinal win against Miami at the ACC Championship … netted nine points in win over Duke in the semifinals … registered third 20-plus point outing of the season as he tallied 20 points in ACC title game versus North Carolina … scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked a career-high five shots in third-round win over Butler … had a block at end of game that denied the Bulldogs a three-pointer that potentially could have won the game … produced ninth double-double of his career in playing all 40 minutes as he scored 16 points and grabbed 10 boards in a win over Wichita State in NCAA Championship Midwest Region semifinal game … in final collegiate outing, scored eight points and grabbed nine boards in a loss to Kentucky … shared Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player Honors with Jerian Grant … fourth men’s basketball player to receive the Francis Patrick O’Connor Award.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013-14): One of two players who started all 32 games for the Irish … served as one of four captains on 2013-14 Notre Dame squad … scored 441 points and grabbed 227 rebounds … third-leading scorer (13.8 ppg.) and rebounder (7.1), both of which were career bests … second-leading scorer for the Irish in Atlantic Coast Conference games at 13.9 ppg. … along with Garrick Sherman, averaged a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game in conference play, 10th best in the league … led the Irish in three-point field goals made (76) … connected on 45.2 percent (155-343) of his shots from the field, 37.8 percent (76-201) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (55-66) from the free-throw line … connected on 41 three-pointers in ACC play… played second-most minutes on the team (1,190) and averaged 37.2 per game … averaged 39.0 minutes in ACC play … scored in double figures in 25 games during the season and netted 20-plus points on four occasions … led the Irish in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 16 occasions … pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times and posted five double-doubles on the season … never left the court in eight games (six in ACC play) … scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting, including 3-6 from long range, in the season opener against Miami (Ohio)… finished 4-5 from the field and scored 10 points in win over Stetson… netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in loss to Indiana State …. notched first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 101-67 win over Cornell … that game began a seven-game double-figure scoring streak … netted 12 points, dished off four assists, grabbed three rebounds, blocked two shots and made two steals in 98-93 loss to Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge … scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in win over Delaware … collected second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Bryant, marking the first time in his career that he had back-to-back games with a double-double … finished with 21 points versus North Dakota State … scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 79-72 win over Indiana in the Crossroads Classic … connected on 6-11 shots from the field and scored 13 points in loss to Ohio State … opened ACC play by scoring in double figures in five consecutive conference games … scored in double figures in 14 of 18 ACC contests … scored 16 points on 6-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 79-77 win over Duke in Notre Dame’s ACC opener … finished with his third double-double of the season as he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in loss at Georgia Tech, while also dishing off a career-high seven assists … scored a team-high 19 points on 5-11 shooting from the field that included a 3-7 performance from three-point range in loss to Maryland … netted 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in victory over Virginia Tech … played all 40 minutes and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in road loss at Florida State … in overtime win at Purcell Pavilion against Boston College, played all 45 minutes, scoring 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the field … grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points in loss to North Carolina at home … played 49 of 50 minutes in double-overtime win over Clemson and scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and matched a personal best with seven assists … in a homecoming win on the road at Boston College, netted 17 points and dished off four assists in 73-69 victory over the Eagles … deposited a season-high 22 points (his fourth 20-plus point outing of the season) at Miami, connecting on 8-12 shots from the field, including a 6-7 performance from three-point range … scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off six assists in win over Georgia Tech … was 7-10 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the perimeter in scoring 19 points in overtime loss to Pittsburgh … suffered a sprained ankle against the Panthers, but still managed to play 41 of 45 minutes … despite the ankle sprain, recorded his fifth double-double of the season in 63-61 loss at North Carolina in regular-season finale as he scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds … ended the season by scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds in ACC Tournament first-round loss to Wake Forest … an honorable mention all-ACC selection by the league’s 15 coaches.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012-13): A starter in every game … notched 310 points (8.9 ppg.), 164 rebounds (4.7 rpg.) and 75 assists (2.1 apg.) … also had 16 steals and 12 blocked shots … made a team-high 58 three-pointers … shot 44.5 percent from the field, including 37.7 percent from long range … was 34-48 (.708) from the free-throw line … played the third-most minutes on the team (1,123/32.1 mpg.) … led the Irish in scoring three times … was named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team … earned the Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year Award … averaged 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in BIG EAST play … scored in double figures 14 times during the season … his first double-digit effort came in the second game of the campaign when he poured in 13 points in an 84-57 win over Monmouth … scored 11 points in 41 minutes of play in a 79-70 overtime setback to Saint Joseph’s during the semifinals of the CVC Classic … went for 10 points in a 92-64 victory over Chicago State … tallied 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in an 81-68 besting of Purdue at the Crossroads Classic … in the following game, he was 7-9 from the floor en route to 18 points in addition to notching six rebounds and five assists in a 74-62 win over IPFW … reached double figures for a third straight game with 12 points on 5-7 shooting in an 85-57 victory over Kennesaw State … hauled in nine boards versus Niagara, an 89-67 win … recorded 10 points and six rebounds in a 66-60 triumph at Cincinnati … was 6-8 from the floor, including 4-6 from three-point range, and finished with 17 points and five boards in a 69-66 besting of Rutgers … scored 12 points in the 63-47 loss to Georgetown … also had 12 points in the following contest, a 73-65 win at USF … played a career-high 56 minutes and tallied 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the epic 104-101 five-overtime victory over eventual national champion Louisville … also had a career-best seven assists against the Cardinals … had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 73-57 loss at Louisville … deposited a season-high 21 points in a 69-61 win over Rutgers in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship … was 7-10 from the field, including 6-8 from beyond the arc, against the Scarlet Knights … the six treys were a season-best total that he also achieved the following night in an 18-point performance in a 73-65 triumph over Marquette in the league quarterfinals … was 6-10 from three-point range versus the Golden Eagles … totaled nine points and eight rebounds in the 69-57 setback to Louisville in the BIG EAST semifinals.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011-12): One of three Fighting Irish players to appear in all 34 games … started 18 contests … posted averages of 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game … notched 30 assists, 17 steals and five blocked shots … averaged 24.1 minutes per game … shot 41-120 (.342) from three-point range … scored in double figures nine times, including three 20-plus point efforts … registered one double-double … led the Fighting Irish in scoring four times and three times apiece in rebounds and blocked shots … averaged 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in BIG EAST play … started 12 of the team’s 18 BIG EAST regular-season contests … tallied 10 points and nine rebounds in just his second career game, a 59-53 win over Detroit … netted a season-high 24 points against Sam Houston State in the third game of the season … went 6-for-10 from beyond the three-point arc in the 74-41 win over Sam Houston State … the 24 points were the most for an Irish freshman since Torin Francis had 25 during the 2002-03 season … earned his first career start in the following game, a 93-69 win over Delaware State … scored 11 points against Georgia in the Progressive CBE Classic … had 11 points at Gonzaga … his first BIG EAST start came in the 67-58 upset of No. 1 Syracuse … registered a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards in a 76-59 triumph versus Marquette … was named the BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Golden Eagles … posted 10 points and five rebounds in a 71-53 win over Rutgers … scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 74-70 comeback overtime victory at Villanova … was 7-for-12 from three-point range against Villanova … had 12 points and six rebounds in a 57-53 besting of USF … tallied 10 points versus Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Championship.
BASEBALL: Drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft in the fourth round (121st pick overall ) by the Baltimore Orioles … signed a two-month contract with the ballclub and spent the months of June and July with the Aberdeen Iron Birds … started four games in six appearances … finished with a 2.45 ERA, giving up 13 hits, nine runs and striking out 10 batters … played three seasons with Notre Dame baseball program … made 32 appearances and earned 30 starts … finished career with an 11-11 record and 3.03 ERA … pitched 154.2 innings … had two complete games … gave up 149 hits, 61 runs and 52 earned runs … struck out 105 batters … as a sophomore in 2013, finished with a 4-2 record and 1.71 ERA … pitched first complete game of his career against Boston College in 4-2 win over the Eagles on April 12, 2014 … allowed six hits and struck out six batters (35 batters faced) … as a senior in high school, selected in the 2011 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres (50th round)
AWARDS AND HONORS: NCAA Championship Midwest Region All-Tournament Team (2015) … Third Team All-ACC (2015) … Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP Award (2015) … Honorable Mention All-ACC (2014) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015 and 2014) … Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2014) … BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team (2013) … Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2013) … BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Feb. 6, 2012) … BIG EAST All-Academic Team (2011-12).
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts … where he is the all-time leading scorer (1,713 points) … played under the guidance of head coach Sean Connolly … averaged 23 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists during his high school career … team captured the state title during his senior season … 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts … 2011 ESPN Mr. Basketball for Massachusetts … ranked 73rd nationally by Scout.com and 100th by ESPNU … two-time all-state selection and three-time all-conference pick, including being named the conference’s MVP as a junior and senior … three-time team captain … copped team MVP honors during his final three seasons … two-time conference champion … squad posted a 46-4 record during his junior and senior seasons … helped lead his team to a 3-0 record at the 2010 AAU National Showcase in Orlando, Florida … averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds per game at the 2010 AAU Nationals … consistently hit 90-plus mph on the radar gun … earned all-state honors in baseball during his senior season in addition to being a three-time all-conference performer … MVP of the 2010 Massachusetts state baseball tournament (North Division) … as a senior, posted an 11-2 record with a 1.75 earned-run average and 160 strikeouts in 90 innings pitched … also played third base … batted .400 with a .750 slugging percentage as a senior … lettered in football as a quarterback during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
PERSONAL: Full name is Patrick Bergin Connaughton … born in Arlington, Massachusetts … son of Leonard and Susan Connaughton … father played football at Framingham State College … uncle, Richard, played baseball at Springfield College … member of the National Honor Society in high school … participated in Notre Dame’s Rosenthal Leadership Academy … graduated from same high school as Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly … earned his bachelor’s degree from the Mendoza College of Business in management consulting.
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