Connaughton also named Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award recipient.
The Memorable Moments in Irish Men's Hoops Season--and There Were Plenty
The sun really did come up Sunday morning in Cleveland for the University of Notre Dame men's basketball team
Notre Dame makes first regional final appearance since 1979 on Saturday night in Cleveland.
Notre Dame vs. Wichita State
Notre Dame vs. Kentucky
NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Wichita State vs Notre Dame (USATSI)
Notre Dame takes down Butler, 67-64, in the third round of the NCAA tournament
NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2015
No. 11/9 Notre Dame and No. 19 North Carolina square off in the championship game of the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15): Talented outside shooter returns for his second season with the Irish ... emerged as one of Notre Dame's top shooting threats a year ago ... gained valuable experience in his rookie season while starting 12 contests ... likely to be among Notre Dame's five starters when the season begins ... has the ability to make shots from anywhere on the floor and along the perimeter ... a player with a great understanding of the game ... proved to be one of the top defenders for the Irish last season ... intelligent player on the floor whose game fits well with Mike Brey's style of play ...displays a steadiness and maturity on the floor.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14): Enjoyed a stellar rookie season with the Irish ... played in 27 contests and made 12 starts during the season ... netted double figures in four contests ... scored 135 points and averaged 5.0 ppg., while averaging 23.1 minutes per game ... ranked fifth on the team in minutes played ... also finished with 69 rebounds (2.6 rpg.), 32 assists, 17 steals, and three blocked shots ... concluded the season shooting 41-117 (.350) from the field, 27-82 (.329) from three-point range, and 26-38 (.684) from the charity line... earned first career start against Maryland in mid-January ... started final seven games of the season ... made his Irish debut in season opener against Miami (Ohio) ... scored the first two points of his collegiate career against Indiana State ... netted five points in Notre Dame's overtime win over Canisius ... came off the bench to score nine points and grab four rebounds in 79-77 Irish victory over Duke in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener ... earned ACC rookie-of-the-week honors for his performance against the then- No. 7 Blue Devils as he connected on three three-pointers (on five attempts) in the game ... finished with five points in back-to-back losses to North Carolina State and Georgia Tech ... netted six points and grabbed four rebounds in 70-63 win over Virginia Tech ... connected on 3-5 shots from the field and scored seven points in home loss to Virginia, a game in which he started ... also was in the starting lineup in overtime win versus Boston College and played 35 minutes, while scoring three points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing off two assists ... netted double figures for the first time in his career in 61-55 loss at No. 1-ranked Syracuse ... started the game against the Orange and played 37 minutes ... connected on 5-9 shots from the field and finished 2-3 from three-point range ... scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in loss at home to North Carolina ... netted double figures for the second time in his career in 68-64 double-overtime win over Clemson as he scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds... played a career-high 41 minutes against the Tigers ... scored seven points in win at Boston College and five points in loss at Miami ... posted career-best of 15 points and six rebounds in home loss to Pittsburgh ... followed that game with an 11-point performance in 63-61 loss at North Carolina ... ended the season by scoring five points against Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year (2014) ... ACC Rookie of the Week (Jan. 6, 2014).
HIGH SCHOOL: Enjoyed stellar prep career at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia ... averaged 20.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his senior season while leading his prep squad to a 24-6 mark ... concluded his career as school's all-time career scoring leader with 1,766 career points ... had his No. 32 jersey retired at school's Kelly Fieldhouse following his senior season ... only the third athlete in school history (first basketball player) to have his number retired ... two-time honoree as Catholic League's Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior... named Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 ... for his career, shot sterling 89.1 percent from the charity stripe (378-424) ... led Hawks to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state semifinals in 2013 ... helped St. Joseph's average 19 wins in each of his four seasons ... first St. Josephs Prep player to be named Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year ... named to the 2013 Parade All-America Team ... three-time all-Catholic League first-team selection and MVP in his final two seasons ... first team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Markward Basketball Club player in the city of Philadelphia ... as a junior, averaged 21.0 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading his team to the Philadelphia 4A state championship... squad finished with 21-6 overall record and 13-3 mark in league play... scored 35 points in the title game, tying the championship game record for points that was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1955 ... as a sophomore, averaged 17.9 points and 5.3 rebounds as a sophomore ... played for the Jersey Shore Warriors AAU Team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Stephen Paul Vasturia ... born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ...son of John and Kathleen Vasturia ... father John played baseball and football at Pennsylvania and mother Kathleen played basketball at Dickinson College ... has an older brother Patrick and younger brother Michael ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.