109832464If ex-Saint Mary's star Mickey McConnell's pursuit of a professional basketball career ever fizzles out, the reigning West Coast Conference player of the year may have an intriguing backup option.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected McConnell in the 31st round of Major League draft on Wednesday even though the Arizona native hasn't played baseball since his senior year at Mesa's Dobson High. McConnell's focus remains on preparing for the upcoming NBA draft right now, but he admits he's flattered by the interest from the Dodgers.
"It's exciting, I'm totally surprised, this was a little bit unexpected," McConnell said in a statement released by the school. "The last time I played was four years ago in high school. In the summers I would hit a little bit and do minor baseball stuff with my brother but nothing serious or organized."
It's unusual for a Major League club to spend even a late-round draft pick on a prospect who hasn't played baseball in four years, but McConnell's high schoolRead More »from NBA hopeful Mickey McConnell drafted … by the Dodgers