Beyond that, Pastner recruited McConnell at length, competed against him and likely would feel comfortable adding him at a time when in-person contact may not be possible before a decision is made.
O’Connell, 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds, averaged 13.3 minutes this past season, achieving career highs in scoring (5.2 points per game) and rebounds (2.2 rebounds per game). He is considered an athletic player and a good shooter (he made 37.5% of his 3-point tries as a sophomore before dipping to 27.3% this past season).
He has had his moments – a 12-point, five-rebound, four-steal game against Notre Dame in February and a start against Colorado State in November in which he scored 14 points with six rebounds in 25 minutes (3-for-6 from 3-point range) among them.
As a rising senior, O’Connell has one season of eligibility remaining. As NCAA rules stand, he would have to sit out a season unless he were to receive a hardship waiver. However, it’s expected that the NCAA will approve a new rule permitting all Division I athletes to transfer once without having to sit out a season. Should it pass, O’Connell would be eligible to play immediately.