Another member of the McConnell family will be playing for the Duquesne Dukes basketball program.
North Allegheny 2024 guard Kellie McConnell announced that she was going to stay home and gave a verbal commitment to Duquesne.
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“I am beyond blessed and excited to announce my commitment to fulfill my dream of playing Division 1 basketball at Duquesne University. Thank you to my family for all of the constant support, and a special thanks to my parents who have sacrificed so much to allow me to be where I am today. Also, thank you to all of my coaches and teammates who constantly push me to be my best every day. Lastly, thank you to Coach Burt and the entire Duquesne Women’s Basketball staff and team for this opportunity to play at the next level, and thanks for a fantastic visit last week. I am grateful to be able to call Duquesne my future home! Go Dukes!”
— Kellie McConnell (@kmcconnell_4) April 8, 2023
McConnell missed her entire sophomore season with a knee injury but returned last season and helped North Allegheny (22-6) win another WPIAL Class 6A championship. McConnell was named to the all-section second team.
McConnell is the cousin of current Duquesne standout Megan McConnell, who will be entering her junior season, so the two will be able to play together in two seasons. Kellie’s mother, Sherri (Hannan) McConnell was a standout guard at North Allegheny and at Duquesne. Sherri McConnell started all four years (1995-1999) with the Dukes and still ranks 9th all-time in steals (205) and 10th all-time in assists (392).
Her older cousin, T.J. McConnell, who currently finished his 8th season in the NBA, started his collegiate career at Duquesne before transferring to Arizona.