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di middie to point guard: Thomas O’Connell

DI Middie to Point Guard: Thomas O’Connell Crosses Over

It takes a ton of hustle and strength to be a DI middie, no matter which side of the ball you play on. Thomas O’Connell spent four years as a defensive midfielder for the Maryland Terrapins.

Then he played point guard for the St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team.

Besides picking up the sport at the age of 5, O’Connell almost seemed destined to play basketball. His grandfather James was a high school referee for more than 30 years, and his grandfather’s brother Andrew played at Niagara. His aunt Theresa graduated from Lafayette ranked fourth in program history in career blocks (124) and eighth in assists (311) and steals (205). An uncle, James, played at Central Connecticut State, and another uncle, Andrew, played at Albany.

But in the eighth grade, Thomas O’Connell dropped baseball for lacrosse, and his prowess with a stick drew the attention of schools such as Army West Point, Michigan, North Carolina and Yale. And when Maryland offered a scholarship to O’Connell while he was a sophomore at Chaminade High School, he agreed to pursue a career in lacrosse over basketball.

For more on Thomas O’Connell, the DI middie turned point guard, check out this Baltimore Sun story by Edward Lee.

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