Pat Connaughton’s With Us Foundation will run a one-day With Us Basketball Clinic at St. John’s Prep on Monday, February 19 from 10 am to 1 pm. The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 9. Registration is $75 per child.
Connaughton—a shooting guard for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and a 2011 graduate of St. John’s Prep—will be back on his old stomping grounds to help run drills and exercises with his former Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) coach Mike Crotty Jr. of the Middlesex Magic. The clinic promises to be a unique, fun, and invigorating training experience for children, teaching them sportsmanship, fundamentals, teamwork, and responsibility.
The clinic will take place for the first time on the Wellness Center’s newly built Connaughton Court on the St. John’s campus. The court was dedicated this past September in honor of the Prep’s all-time leading scorer, who graduated with 1,713 career points.
“I think it will be surreal to be able to start a tradition of going back to the place that helped shape me on a court named after me when I was just 24 years old,” says Connaughton. “To help kids from that area learn some of the lessons that I learned on that campus—in sports and in life—is really a unique opportunity.”
All proceeds will benefit the With Us Foundation, which Connaughton established in 2016 to provide young people with access and opportunities to learn life skills and values through sports.
From the Eagles to the Pros
Connaughton was a late-round draft pick by the San Diego Padres as a high school senior in 2011, but eschewed a pro contract and went on to excel in baseball and on the hardcourt for the Fighting Irish. He was a fourth-round selection by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft before leading Notre Dame to the Elite Eight of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
A two-year basketball captain at Notre Dame, Connaughton played in more games (139) than any Fighting Irish player in history before graduating. He concluded his career as the eighth ND player with more than 1,400 points and 800 rebounds. He was the 41st pick overall (second round) in the 2015 NBA draft by the Brooklyn Nets and was subsequently traded to Portland. Connaughton was the 121st overall selection in the 2014 MLB draft.
Now in his third professional season, Connaughton averaged 19.9 minutes, 6.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the 26-22 Trail Blazers through January 25.