Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

T.J. Mcconnell Picks Arizona

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

T.J. Mcconnell Picks Arizona

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Former Duquesne University basketball player T.J. McConnell has decided to transfer to the University of Arizona.

McConnell, who played his freshman and sophomore years at Duquesne, said he will call Arizona coach Sean Miller this afternoon and inform him of his decision.

"It seems like a great fit for me," said McConnell, a former Chartiers Valley High School star. "I just have to work hard and see what happens."

McConnell said he decided to leave Duquesne because he wanted to play at a higher level. Duquesne played Arizona this past season and McConnell visited Arizona this past weekend with his father, Tim.

"I just like the way they play and I obviously love their coaching staff," T.J. McConnell said. "I would love to play for a guy like Sean Miller. He's one of the best coaches in the NCAA."

McConnell also visited Virginia.

"Once coach Miller got my release from Duquesne, he called," McConnell said. "I was thinking of a few different schools. Once he called, it just went from there."

McConnell will have two years eligibility at Arizona.

-- Mike White, The Pittsburgh Press

Colonials' freshmen decide to transfer

Robert Morris freshmen guard Brandon Herman and forward Darren Washington will transfer from the university, Colonials coach Andy Toole confirmed today.

Herman appeared in 30 games for Robert Morris this season, averaging 9.8 minutes per contest. He scored 1.8 points and grabbed 1.0 rebounds per contest. He scored a season-high 11 points twice this season -- in the Colonials' 83-57 season-opening win against Rider and again in their 80-69 loss to Wagner Feb. 2.

Washington played sparingly this season, spending most of the season on the scout team. He appeared in just four contests, averaging a point per game.

The move was originally reported by Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports.

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