Former Sacred Heart Prep basketball standout Cole McConnell will attend the University of Michigan beginning this summer.
McConnell spent the past year at New Hampton School, a co-ed boarding school for grades 9-12 and postgraduates in Central New Hampshire. He will join the NCAA runner-up Wolverines as a preferred walk-on.
"Our recent success has a lot to do with the outstanding contributions we have received from our non-scholarship players Josh Bartelstein, Corey Person and Eso Akunne," said Michigan coach John Beilein in a statement. "Andrew (Dakich) and Cole fit that same mold. They are talented and hardworking student-athletes and should be able to come in and help us in many ways both on and off the court."
McConnell enjoyed a highly productive year for New Hampton, which plays in the highly competitive NEPSAC AAA. He played alongside a gifted group of players for the Huskies, including Indiana-bound forward Noah Vonleh and Georgia Tech-bound point guard Travis Jorgenson.
The 6-foot-5 left-handed McConnell helped the Huskies to a 17-12 record and played quality minutes throughout the season off the bench, including in a game against Huntington Prep (West Virginia) that was televised live on ESPN.
McConnell, who averaged just over eight points per game, was a lethal three-point shooter (42 percent) for the Huskies and had a season-high 19 points, including six threes, against rival Northfield Mount Hermon. He also keyed an overtime win over Kimball Union with 12 points and another victory over Bridgton Academy with 16 points.
"Cole had an impressive year on and off the court for our program," said sixth-year New Hampton coach Pete Hutchins. "He took advantage of all the classroom opportunities, was a wonderful presence in our tight-knit community, and was a leader on our basketball team. He's going to make Michigan a better team. He has an incredibly bright future given his passion for basketball and his intellectual abilities."
New Hampton has been one of the leading basketball programs in the country over the years and has produced numerous players who have gone on to play and coach at the collegiate level. Current college players include ACC Rookie of the Year Olivier Hanlan '12 (Boston College), Zach Auguste '12 (Notre Dame), Brady Heslip '10 (Baylor), and California natives Will Davis and Travis Souza (UC Irvine) among others.
The list of former players includes Josh Kroenke (President of the Denver Nuggets), Chris Wallace (Grizzlies GM), as well as NCAA head coaches Pat Knight (Lamar), Wes Miller (UNC Greensboro), Ed Cooley (Providence), and Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee). Former NBA players Darius Songaila (Wake Forest) and Rashad McCants (UNC) also attended New Hampton.
Founded in 1821, New Hampton School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school of 305 students who come from over 20 states and 24 countries.