Arizona's T.J. McConnell is one of the best pure point guards in college basketball. He confidently led the Wildcats to one of their top seasons this past year in school history.
McConnell's stats for 2013-14 were not eye-popping (8.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG; 5.3 APG), but his contribution to his team's success far exceeds his solid numbers. It is impossible to quantify the impact of his floor leadership. He simply makes his teammates better on both ends of the court.
McConnell's Twitter handle (@iPass4Zona) perfectly describes the mindset of the 'Cats point guard who put up a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as a junior.
Back in January, USA Today's Nicole Auerbach quoted Arizona State's head coach Herb Sendek, who said this about McConnell's importance:
In a lot of ways, I think Nick Johnson is the most outstanding player on the team, blessed with incredible talent and he plays both ends of the floor. But I would say T.J. Is the most valuable player on the team. He's the guy who puts it all together for them.
McConnell will return to U of A for his senior season to be a key factor in the Wildcats' 2015 Final Four run.
CBSSports' Jon Rothstein tweeted that McConnell will, "take the torch next season from Aaron Craft as the guy who dominates a game without scoring. An "All-Star" role player."
It remains to be seen if McConnell will be considered a draft possibility next year after his senior season.