McConnell, who went undrafted on Thursday, spent five years at Rutgers, taking advantage of the extra year of NCAA eligibility he was granted due to COVID-19. As a super-senior in 2022/23, he averaged 9.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, and 2.5 SPG in 28 contests (33.7 MPG).
McConnell isn’t much of a threat on offense. He shot 39.0% from the floor over the course of his college career, including just 26.3% on three-pointers. However, he became the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leader in steals and won a pair of Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards.
McConnell’s Exhibit 10 contract should give him an opportunity to suit up for the Thunder’s G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue, as a rookie in 2023/24. He could earn a bonus worth up to $75K if he’s waived by the Thunder and then spends up to 60 days with the Blue. McConnell’s Exhibit 10 deal could also be converted into a two-way contract if OKC decides it wants to keep him on the NBA roster.