MORAGA, Calif. - Despite not having played baseball in four years, Gaels senior guard Mickey McConnell was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 31st round as the 944th overall pick in the third day of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft.
It has been a good year for McConnell who was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year as well as first team all-WCC selection for the second-straight year. He was also an honorable mention AP All-American and was selected to play and started for the West squad in the Reese's College All-Star Game by the NABC. He also ranks in the top-10 in several of SMC's career records including second all-time in assists and third in three point field goals made, he finished his career with 1,234 points which ranks 12th all-time at SMC.
McConnell, a standout shortstop for Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz., and currently ranks in the top-10 in several career categories including second all-time in hits (101), first in stolen bases (54) and, sixth in home runs (4). The last time McConnell played in an organized game was his senior year in high school when he was named an honorable mention 5A All-State Selection.
"It's exciting, I'm totally surprised, this was a little bit unexpected," said McConnell. "The last time I played was four years ago in high school. In the summers I would hit a little bit and do minor baseball stuff with my brother but nothing serious or organized."
McConnell has no plans of making a career change just yet, as he has several work outs with NBA teams lined up including two next week with the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings. He does come from a baseball family as his older brother Matt was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 36th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.