By Colin Dunlap | 12:12 a.m. Wednesday
Because Chartiers Valley was playing at North Hills -- very near my Hampton Township home -- myself and a good buddy, Kenny Scholtz, hopped in the car and drove over to see Dukes recruit T.J. McConnell play against Indiana in a WPIAL playoff game.
He had 44 points.
The total is impressive on the surface, just the volume of points makes you take notice.
But, it isn't what he did, rather, how he did it, that was the impressive part of the night as his team absolutely dismantled Indiana, 95-59.
To wit, here is how McConnell arrived at those 44 points:
- He went 15 for 17 on 2-point FGs.
- He went 3 for 7 on 3-point FGs.
- He went 5 for 5 from the free throw line.
Now, that works out to 18 for 24 -- exactly 75 percent from the field, and obviously 100 percent from the line.
For good measure, he had 10 assists and 6 steals.
My buddy, who was seeing him for the first time, probably summed it up best as we were walking out of the gym when T.J. was removed from the gam,e midway through the fourth quarter. Kenny said, "He's just really productive, he doesn't waste any energy and doesn't mess around. He is just a manufacturer of points."