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Arizona Basketball: Former Duquesne PG T.J. McConnell Transfers to Arizona

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IApril 10, 2012

T.J. McConnell is a hard-nosed guard who has decided to transfer to Arizona.

The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that former Duquesne point guard chose to play for Sean Miller in Tucson as opposed to taking his talents to the ACC and going to Virginia. 

As a freshman, McConnell averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals (No. 4 in the nation) on the way to being named 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year

This past year, McConnell ranked No. 3 nationally with 2.8 steals per game and led the A-10 in assist/turnover ratio: 2.1-to-1. His 3-point shooting percentage ranked second in the conference at .447 and he ranked third in assists with 5.5 per game.

As a sophomore, he was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Third team, and the league’s All-Defensive team.

McConnell brings a contagious toughness and intensity to the Wildcats roster.

He told the university newspaper, the Daily Wildcat, "I’m going to bring the will to win, a tough mindset, and unselfishness — just an all-around hard worker. I’m going 100 percent.”

He is the second player to transfer to Arizona this week. 6'9" 220 pound Cochise (Juco) College forward Matt Korcheck gave his oral commitment to join the Wildcats on Monday.

Korcheck, who has two years of remaining eligibility, will redshirt in 2012-13.

These two recent commitments only add to the incredible recruiting class that Miller and his staff have already pulled in this year. The Wildcats Class of 2012 is currently No. 1 on ESPNU's Recruiting Rankings. 

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