Notre Dame opens 2015-16 campaign in impressive fashion.
Notre Dame has two players drafted for the first time since 1992.
Senior duo receives two of the school’s most prestigious athletic honors at end-of-year celebration.
Notre Dame returnees certainly learned valuable lessons from Connaughton and Grant.
Connaughton also named Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award recipient.
Jack Nolan and Jordan Cornette provide a day one update on the Fighting Irish in Greensboro, NC, for the NCAA Tournament.
Pat Connaughton talks with the media after learning Notre Dame's destination in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame vs. Kentucky
NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Wichita State vs Notre Dame (USATSI)
NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Notre Dame Media Day and Practice
Notre Dame takes down Butler, 67-64, in the third round of the NCAA tournament
NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2015
One of the greatest leaders in the history of the Notre Dame men's basketball program ... two-time Notre Dame captain and one of 22 players in program history to serve in that role in multiple seasons ... played in more games (139) than any other Fighting Irish player ... started 123 career games to rank third all-time in that category ... made 120 consecutive starts during his career as one of three players in Notre Dame history to make 100-plus consecutive starts ... concluded his career as the eighth Fighting Irish player with better than 1,400 points and 800 rebounds ... finished 16th and eighth, respectively, on school's all-time career scoring and rebounding lists ... owned career averages of 10.5 ppg. (1465 points) and 5.9 rpg. (823 rebounds) ... scored in double figures 74 times during his career and netted 20-plus points on 11 occasions ... grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 20 career outings and registered 16 career double-doubles ... led the Irish in scoring and rebounding 19 and 41 times, respectively ... also led Notre Dame in blocks on 32 occasions during his career ... fifth all-time in career three-point field goals made (268) ... 41st pick overall (second round) in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft by the Brooklyn Nets and was subsequently traded to the Portland Trailblazers.
SENIOR SEASON (2014-15): Helped key Notre Dame's run throughout the 2014-15 campaign and led the Irish to one of the greatest seasons in program history ... named the only captain during his senior year and was one of just four players since the 1985-86 campaign to serve as the lone captain during a basketball season ... averaged 12.5 ppg. (475 points) as the third-leading scorer and a career-best 7.4 rpg. (282 rebounds) as the leading rebounder ... a third team all Atlantic Coast Conference selection ... second-leading scorer in ACC play as he averaged 11.4 ppg. and a team-best 7.5 rpg. ... one of four players to start all 38 games during the season ... made 90 three-pointers during the season to become the eighth player in school history to connect on 90 or more three-point field goals in a season ... netted 10.0 ppg. and 7.3 rpg. in Notre Dame's four NCAA Championship contests ... averaged 11.9 ppg. and 5.9 rpg, during the seven-game postseason run ... named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team after scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a win over Wichita State, netting eight points and hauling in nine rebounds in a loss to Kentucky ... reached double figures on 26 occasions and scored 20-plus points three times ... grabbed 10-plus rebounds on 20 occasions ... recorded a team-best nine double-doubles ... became the 56th player in Notre Dame history to reach 1,000 career points when he netted 17 points in the season opener against Binghamton ... also recorded his first double-double of the season in the contest as he grabbed 10 boards ... named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff All-Tournament Team after averaging scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds versus UMass, and then tallying 13 points and hauling in 11 boards against Providence ... scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in overtime win against Michigan State while playing 19 minutes in the contest ... posted a 19-point and 14-rebound performance against Fairleigh Dickinson ... began a career-best 11-game double-figure scoring streak when he netted 19 points and grabbed 14 boards versus Purdue in the annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis ... followed that contest up with a season-high 21-point effort versus Northern Illinois ... also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double ... finished with 16 points and seven rebounds against Hartford ... played all 50 minutes (matching a career high) of Notre Dame's double-overtime win against Georgia Tech, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds ... in first-ever win for an Irish basketball team at North Carolina, contributed 16 points and grabbed nine boards ... tallied 21 points and registered eight rebounds in loss to Virginia ... produced fourth double-double of the season as he scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a victory over Miami ... followed that up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Virginia Tech ... finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in come-from-behind win at North Carolina State ... his 13 points and 12 rebounds helped Notre Dame earn a regular-season win against Duke at Purcell Pavilion ... scored 11 points in win at home against Boston College ... played all 40 minutes in victory at Clemson while finishing with 14 points and six rebounds ... netted 13 points and grabbed a career-high 15 boards while playing all 40 minutes in a loss to Syracuse ... scored 14 points in a quarterfinal win against Miami at the ACC Championship ... netted nine points in win over Duke in the semifinals ... registered third 20-plus point outing of the season as he tallied 20 points in ACC title game versus North Carolina ... scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked a career-high five shots in third-round win over Butler ... had a block at end of game that denied the Bulldogs a three-pointer that potentially could have won the game ... produced ninth double-double of his career in playing all 40 minutes as he scored 16 points and grabbed 10 boards in a win over Wichita State in NCAA Championship Midwest Region semifinal game ... in final collegiate outing, scored eight points and grabbed nine boards in a loss to Kentucky ... shared Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player Honors with Jerian Grant ... fourth men's basketball player to receive the Francis Patrick O'Connor Award.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013-14): One of two players who started all 32 games for the Irish ... served as one of four captains on 2013-14 Notre Dame squad ... scored 441 points and grabbed 227 rebounds ... third-leading scorer (13.8 ppg.) and rebounder (7.1), both of which were career bests ... second-leading scorer for the Irish in Atlantic Coast Conference games at 13.9 ppg. ... along with Garrick Sherman, averaged a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game in conference play, 10th best in the league ... led the Irish in three-point field goals made (76) ... connected on 45.2 percent (155-343) of his shots from the field, 37.8 percent (76-201) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (55-66) from the free-throw line ... connected on 41 three-pointers in ACC play... played second-most minutes on the team (1,190) and averaged 37.2 per game ... averaged 39.0 minutes in ACC play ... scored in double figures in 25 games during the season and netted 20-plus points on four occasions ... led the Irish in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 16 occasions ... pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times and posted five double-doubles on the season ... never left the court in eight games (six in ACC play) ... scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting, including 3-6 from long range, in the season opener against Miami (Ohio)... finished 4-5 from the field and scored 10 points in win over Stetson... netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in loss to Indiana State .... notched first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 101-67 win over Cornell ... that game began a seven-game double-figure scoring streak ... netted 12 points, dished off four assists, grabbed three rebounds, blocked two shots and made two steals in 98-93 loss to Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge ... scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in win over Delaware ... collected second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Bryant, marking the first time in his career that he had back-to-back games with a double-double ... finished with 21 points versus North Dakota State ... scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 79-72 win over Indiana in the Crossroads Classic ... connected on 6-11 shots from the field and scored 13 points in loss to Ohio State ... opened ACC play by scoring in double figures in five consecutive conference games ... scored in double figures in 14 of 18 ACC contests ... scored 16 points on 6-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 79-77 win over Duke in Notre Dame's ACC opener ... finished with his third double-double of the season as he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in loss at Georgia Tech, while also dishing off a career-high seven assists ... scored a team-high 19 points on 5-11 shooting from the field that included a 3-7 performance from three-point range in loss to Maryland ... netted 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in victory over Virginia Tech ... played all 40 minutes and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in road loss at Florida State ... in overtime win at Purcell Pavilion against Boston College, played all 45 minutes, scoring 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the field ... grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points in loss to North Carolina at home ... played 49 of 50 minutes in double-overtime win over Clemson and scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and matched a personal best with seven assists ... in a homecoming win on the road at Boston College, netted 17 points and dished off four assists in 73-69 victory over the Eagles ... deposited a season-high 22 points (his fourth 20-plus point outing of the season) at Miami, connecting on 8-12 shots from the field, including a 6-7 performance from three-point range ... scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off six assists in win over Georgia Tech ... was 7-10 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the perimeter in scoring 19 points in overtime loss to Pittsburgh ... suffered a sprained ankle against the Panthers, but still managed to play 41 of 45 minutes ... despite the ankle sprain, recorded his fifth double-double of the season in 63-61 loss at North Carolina in regular-season finale as he scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... ended the season by scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds in ACC Tournament first-round loss to Wake Forest ... an honorable mention all-ACC selection by the league's 15 coaches.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012-13): A starter in every game ... notched 310 points (8.9 ppg.), 164 rebounds (4.7 rpg.) and 75 assists (2.1 apg.) ... also had 16 steals and 12 blocked shots ... made a team-high 58 three-pointers ... shot 44.5 percent from the field, including 37.7 percent from long range ... was 34-48 (.708) from the free-throw line ... played the third-most minutes on the team (1,123/32.1 mpg.) ... led the Irish in scoring three times ... was named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team ... earned the Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year Award ... averaged 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in BIG EAST play ... scored in double figures 14 times during the season ... his first double-digit effort came in the second game of the campaign when he poured in 13 points in an 84-57 win over Monmouth ... scored 11 points in 41 minutes of play in a 79-70 overtime setback to Saint Joseph's during the semifinals of the CVC Classic ... went for 10 points in a 92-64 victory over Chicago State ... tallied 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in an 81-68 besting of Purdue at the Crossroads Classic ... in the following game, he was 7-9 from the floor en route to 18 points in addition to notching six rebounds and five assists in a 74-62 win over IPFW ... reached double figures for a third straight game with 12 points on 5-7 shooting in an 85-57 victory over Kennesaw State ... hauled in nine boards versus Niagara, an 89-67 win ... recorded 10 points and six rebounds in a 66-60 triumph at Cincinnati ... was 6-8 from the floor, including 4-6 from three-point range, and finished with 17 points and five boards in a 69-66 besting of Rutgers ... scored 12 points in the 63-47 loss to Georgetown ... also had 12 points in the following contest, a 73-65 win at USF ... played a career-high 56 minutes and tallied 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the epic 104-101 five-overtime victory over eventual national champion Louisville ... also had a career-best seven assists against the Cardinals ... had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 73-57 loss at Louisville ... deposited a season-high 21 points in a 69-61 win over Rutgers in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship ... was 7-10 from the field, including 6-8 from beyond the arc, against the Scarlet Knights ... the six treys were a season-best total that he also achieved the following night in an 18-point performance in a 73-65 triumph over Marquette in the league quarterfinals ... was 6-10 from three-point range versus the Golden Eagles ... totaled nine points and eight rebounds in the 69-57 setback to Louisville in the BIG EAST semifinals.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011-12): One of three Fighting Irish players to appear in all 34 games ... started 18 contests ... posted averages of 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... notched 30 assists, 17 steals and five blocked shots ... averaged 24.1 minutes per game ... shot 41-120 (.342) from three-point range ... scored in double figures nine times, including three 20-plus point efforts ... registered one double-double ... led the Fighting Irish in scoring four times and three times apiece in rebounds and blocked shots ... averaged 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in BIG EAST play ... started 12 of the team's 18 BIG EAST regular-season contests ... tallied 10 points and nine rebounds in just his second career game, a 59-53 win over Detroit ... netted a season-high 24 points against Sam Houston State in the third game of the season ... went 6-for-10 from beyond the three-point arc in the 74-41 win over Sam Houston State ... the 24 points were the most for an Irish freshman since Torin Francis had 25 during the 2002-03 season ... earned his first career start in the following game, a 93-69 win over Delaware State ... scored 11 points against Georgia in the Progressive CBE Classic ... had 11 points at Gonzaga ... his first BIG EAST start came in the 67-58 upset of No. 1 Syracuse ... registered a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards in a 76-59 triumph versus Marquette ... was named the BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Golden Eagles ... posted 10 points and five rebounds in a 71-53 win over Rutgers ... scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 74-70 comeback overtime victory at Villanova ... was 7-for-12 from three-point range against Villanova ... had 12 points and six rebounds in a 57-53 besting of USF ... tallied 10 points versus Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Championship.
BASEBALL: Drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft in the fourth round (121st pick overall ) by the Baltimore Orioles ... signed a two-month contract with the ballclub and spent the months of June and July with the Aberdeen Iron Birds ... started four games in six appearances ... finished with a 2.45 ERA, giving up 13 hits, nine runs and striking out 10 batters ... played three seasons with Notre Dame baseball program ... made 32 appearances and earned 30 starts ... finished career with an 11-11 record and 3.03 ERA ... pitched 154.2 innings ... had two complete games ... gave up 149 hits, 61 runs and 52 earned runs ... struck out 105 batters ... as a sophomore in 2013, finished with a 4-2 record and 1.71 ERA ... pitched first complete game of his career against Boston College in 4-2 win over the Eagles on April 12, 2014 ... allowed six hits and struck out six batters (35 batters faced) ... as a senior in high school, selected in the 2011 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres (50th round)
AWARDS AND HONORS: NCAA Championship Midwest Region All-Tournament Team (2015) ... Third Team All-ACC (2015) ... Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP Award (2015) ... Honorable Mention All-ACC (2014) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015 and 2014) ... Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2014) ... BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team (2013) ... Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2013) ... BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Feb. 6, 2012) ... BIG EAST All-Academic Team (2011-12).
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts ... where he is the all-time leading scorer (1,713 points) ... played under the guidance of head coach Sean Connolly ... averaged 23 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists during his high school career ... team captured the state title during his senior season ... 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts ... 2011 ESPN Mr. Basketball for Massachusetts ... ranked 73rd nationally by Scout.com and 100th by ESPNU ... two-time all-state selection and three-time all-conference pick, including being named the conference's MVP as a junior and senior ... three-time team captain ... copped team MVP honors during his final three seasons ... two-time conference champion ... squad posted a 46-4 record during his junior and senior seasons ... helped lead his team to a 3-0 record at the 2010 AAU National Showcase in Orlando, Florida ... averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds per game at the 2010 AAU Nationals ... consistently hit 90-plus mph on the radar gun ... earned all-state honors in baseball during his senior season in addition to being a three-time all-conference performer ... MVP of the 2010 Massachusetts state baseball tournament (North Division) ... as a senior, posted an 11-2 record with a 1.75 earned-run average and 160 strikeouts in 90 innings pitched ... also played third base ... batted .400 with a .750 slugging percentage as a senior ... lettered in football as a quarterback during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
PERSONAL: Full name is Patrick Bergin Connaughton ... born in Arlington, Massachusetts ... son of Leonard and Susan Connaughton ... father played football at Framingham State College ... uncle, Richard, played baseball at Springfield College ... member of the National Honor Society in high school ... participated in Notre Dame's Rosenthal Leadership Academy ... graduated from same high school as Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly ... earned his bachelor's degree from the Mendoza College of Business in management consulting.
Connaughton's Career Conference