Pat Connaughton is one of the best leapers and dunkers in the NBA having posted a staggering ‘44 inch vertical leap at the 2015 NBA combine. His performance in the 2020 dunk contest during All-Star Weekend wowed the judges and earned him a 3rd place finish in the historic contest. Connaughton’s ability to elevate by jumping off either one foot or both feet allows him to maximize his leaping ability. As a key contributor for the NBA’s best team — the Milwaukee Bucks — Pat Connaughton’s athleticism is greatly relied upon.
Pat Connaughton’s Achievements
- Third-team All-ACC (2015)
- NBA Slam Dunk Contest Third Place Finish (2020)
Pat Connaughton Bio
Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, Pat Connaughton was a three-sport star athlete at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. Along with playing quarterback, Connaughton starred on the basketball court and baseball field. When professional baseball seemed like the likely route for Connaughton, a dominant basketball performance at a national tournament in Orlando put Connaughton on the radar of top collegiate programs. Pat Connaughton was drafted by the San Diego Padres during his senior year of high school but decided to forgo professional baseball and sign with Notre Dame where he could play both baseball and basketball.
In South Bend, Pat Connaughton became a two-sport star for the Fighting Irish. After his junior year, Connaughton was once again a hot commodity in the baseball world with high ranking officials believing he could be a top pick. However, Pat was adamant that he wanted to return to Notre Dame for his senior season in basketball. Despite this, Connaughton was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 4th round with the team permitting him to finish his career at Notre Dame. In his senior campaign, Pat Connaughton led Notre Dame to their first-ever ACC Championship and to the Elite Eight where they ultimately lost to Kentucky.
After graduating, Pat Connaughton was determined to pursue professional basketball and after a stellar combine performance, his dream was soon realized. Connaughton was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft but he was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. Connaughton became a prominent role player for the playoff contender Trail Blazers and played there for 3 seasons before signing with the Milwaukee Bucks in August 2018.
This past season alongside NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Connaughton set career highs in minutes, points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
Pat Connaughton Instructional
As a professional athlete, Pat Connaughton’s abilities are not genetic. His efficient training regimen allows him to perfect his takeoffs and his landings all while helping his overall game in the process.
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