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Finalists for McConnell: Arizona and Virginia

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

T.J. McConnell will continue his college basketball career at either Arizona or Virginia.

The former Duquesne point guard visited Virginia last week, and will head to Arizona next Thursday and Friday before he makes a final decision, said his dad Tim McConnell today.

Arizona comes as little surprise considering the connection to Coach Sean Miller who is from the area. The McConnell family has had ties to the Miller family for years.

“It has a lot to do with it. We’ve known the Millers for a long time,” said Tim McConnell. “My son really enjoyed his visit to Virginia too and really liked the coach there. It’s going to come down to where he fits in best.”

McConnell received interest from a dozen programs - including Penn State - after announcing he
would be leaving Duquesne last week after his sophomore season to pursue a higher level of play.

He then narrowed his search down to five programs before deciding it would be either Virginia or Arizona.

“There were other schools, but to be honest it’s between Virginia and Arizona,” said Tim McConnell. “He didn’t get to do this in high school because he committed so early. He really enjoyed his visit and wants to go to Arizona to just compare and see what’s best for him.”

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