McConnell Honored as Top Rookie for 3rd Straight Week

T.J. McConnell keeps receiving accolades. It is impressive, how astute the voters have been in recognizing his impact despite not putting up gaudy stat lines. The buzz must be out on this guy in Atlantic 10 circles.

McConnell is honored as Rookie of the Week for the third week in a row and fourth time this year. The freshman guard had an overall solid week averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 steals, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while committing just one turnover in 56 total minutes. McConnell opened the week playing 30 minutes at La Salle scoring 13 points and adding five rebounds, four assists and four steals. He followed that performance with seven points and a career-high six steals in helping the Dukes remain perfect in league play with a victory over Charlotte.

T.J.’s ability to be a step ahead of everyone else is getting recognized, when usually this genre of awards are given simply to the top point scorers. 10 steals in two games does pop out at you, and as the write-up mentions, only 1 turnover. That really is remarkable. McConnell might be the smartest player in the league and he is only a Freshman. Who knows what the future will hold, but barring serious injury, it will be a joy to see T.J. don a Duquesne uniform for the next few years. Also, maybe his impact as a local kid will help bring more attention to the program, so I no longer get yelled at for standing in the last minute of a close game. A sincere congratulations must go out to McConnell and, perhaps more importantly to the voters who seem to have gotten their collective heads out of the box score and have actually been watching the games.

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