Chartiers Valley graduate T.J. McConnell is putting his summer break to good use.
McConnell, who will be a senior point guard at the University of Arizona, is attending the invitation-only Nike Skills Academy at Kean University in New Jersey this week. McConnell was one of 13 college point guards selected to participate in the Elite Point Guard Camp. Pitt's James Robinson was also picked.
The event is run by former NBA head coach John Lucas and features instruction from several current NBA standouts. All-Star Kyrie Irving is the headliner and is joined by Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke. There is also a Big Man Camp taking place at the same location. NBA players Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are helping out with that one.
In addition to McConnell and Robinson, the other college players at the point guard camp are West Virginia's Juwan Staten, Wichita State's Fred VanFleet, Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos, Stanford's Chasson Randle, Louisville's Terry Rozier, Oregon's Joseph Young, Texas' Isaiah Taylor, UAB's Chad Frazier, Utah's Deion Wright, Kansas State's Marcus Foster and Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead. There were also 19 high school players selected.
McConnell, a 2010 Chartiers Valley graduate, was outstanding in his first year at Arizona after sitting out one season due to his transfer from Duquesne. McConnell averaged 8.4 points per game and dished out 202 assists, the sixth-best single-season total in school history. McConnell was named second-team All-Pac 12 and made the All-Pac 12 defensive team. He was a Cousy Award finalist. Arizona advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished the season 33-5.