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Arizona basketball lands highly sought-after transfer guard

Sean Miller has finally landed his consummate point guard.

Duquesne transfer and floor general T.J. McConnell announced Tuesday morning that he has committed to Miller and the Wildcats, choosing Arizona over Virginia and head coach Tony Bennett.

“When I stepped on campus I immediately fell in love with it,” McConnell told the Daily Wildcat. “They’re all great guys and after talking to Sean Miller and his staff I knew I wanted to play with great fans and great players and one of the best coaches in the country.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Pittsburgh native has been mulling over the decision since asking for a release from Duquesne on March 21.

But after visiting Arizona last weekend and sitting down with Miller, McConnell knew Tucson was where he wanted to be.

He’ll have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules, but when he’s eligible to hit the floor, McConnell will join a slew of talent. McConnell said he’s aware of point guard Josiah Turner, but that didn’t factor into his decision.

McConnell was known as a distributor and defender while at Duquesne. McConnell, who only received one scholarship offer out of high school, finished third in the country in steals last season with 2.77 per contest.

He also averaged 5.5 assists per game, good for 28th in the country. While also averaging 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore, McConnell was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference’s third team.

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