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More On O’Connell To Creighton

Some insights on an unusual recruitment

NCAA Basketball: Duke at North Carolina
Feb 8, 2020; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Alex O’Connell (15) reacts after the game at Dean E. Smith Center. 
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Here’s more on Alex O’Connell’s decision to transfer to Creighton. Like everything else these days, the pandemic placed limits on his recruitment and disallowed visits, so he basically did research online and via the phone.

Apparently the strength coach made a big impression: “That was something that really caught my eye,” O’Connell told “He’s definitely very professional at what he does. He knows a lot of people in the NBA and he’s done NBA strength and conditioning. He has a scientific approach to it, which I think is pretty popular and often used nowadays. He did a great job with the presentation and he broke down a lot of stuff. He had a very detailed power point on everything. It was a very intriguing approach to my body, and it was one of the things that led me to Creighton.”

Obviously he knows vastly more about all of this than we do, but it’s probably fair to say that everyone is using a “scientific approach” nowadays.

However, given his very thin frame, someone with a plan to develop his strength is likely to make an impression. O’Connell is a long shot for an NBA career still but he clearly does have talent. With a year to focus on his physique, who knows? We’ll be interested to see what he does with Creighton, and vice-versa.