Over the past three seasons, Alex O’Connell played under Coach Krzyzewski at Duke University. The 6-foot-6 wing decided it was time for a change of scenery.
After never truly having a consistent role with the Blue Devils, O’Connell decided to enter the transfer portal and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere. After being contacted by several schools, O’Connell ultimately chose Creighton University.
Although he will likely sit out the 2020-2021 season, Blue Jay fans have a lot to look forward to by adding Alex O’Connell to their roster. As a team last season, Creighton shot a phenomenal 38.6% from 3-point range. Although O’Connell’s 3-point shooting has fallen off in recent years, he is a proven lethal threat from beyond the arc (36.1% career at Duke), making him a tremendous edition to an already talented shooting team.
Alex O’Connell had some big time performances over the course of his Duke career. Of course anytime you play at a school like Duke, it is easy to be overshadowed by players like Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and the Cassius Stanley, but it should be noted that when given significant playing time O’Connell was able to produce.
In his Sophomore season O’Connell started in place of a hurt Zion Williamson against Syracuse up at the Carrier Dome and he did not disappoint. He scored 20 points while pulling down 5 boards in a Blue Devil victory.
To me, Alex O’Connell is someone who needed a new environment. Somewhere that he could truly thrive in as a player with a consistent role, getting a lot of minutes every game. He did not have that at Duke and I believe he will have that at Creighton. Look for O’Connell to really come out of his shell and turn a lot of heads in his one season with the Blue Jays.