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High School Recruiting

Chartiers Valley guard McConnell picks Robert Morris

| Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 9:33 p.m.
Chartiers Valley's Matty McConnell draws a blocking foul from Central Valley's Michael Sims in the WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, February 28, 2014, at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Chartiers Valley's Matty McConnell draws a blocking foul from Central Valley's Michael Sims in the WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, February 28, 2014, at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Chartiers Valley senior Matt McConnell respected the persistence of the Robert Morris basketball coaching staff's recruiting efforts enough to become enamored with the school.

McConnell, a 6-foot standout guard, committed to the Colonials on Thursday. He received the offer in late April at the Under Armour Hoop Group Jam Fest, an annual AAU event in Pittsburgh. And he watched Robert Morris coaches continue to shower him with attention throughout the summer at offseason leagues and events.

“When they offered, I was excited because of how big their program is,” he said. “As the summer went on, they really showed that they wanted me.”

McConnell averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.5 assists as a junior.

In addition to Robert Morris, Youngstown State also made an offer to McConnell this summer, and St. Francis (Pa.) and Fairleigh Dickinson pursued him.

McConnell consulted his father, Tim, who coaches Chartiers Valley, and his older brother, T.J., a starting senior guard at Arizona, about where to go. T.J. McConnell spoke from a unique perspective, as he committed to Duquesne as a high school sophomore and starred there for two seasons before transferring.

“T.J. said wait for the time that's best for you,” Matt said. “And I talked to my dad a little earlier, and he said wait until you're ready.

“I don't want to say I'm glad I got it done now, but I'm glad I did it early and that I picked the school that's the best fit for me.”

Bill West is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at wwest@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BWest_Trib.

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