BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Nets’ second-round pick, No. 41 overall, was Notre Dame’s Pat Connaughton, a 6-5 swingman who was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conferences pick as a senior when he helped the Irish reach the Elite 8 for the first time since 1979. He played in more games (139) than anyone in school history.
This wasn’t Connaughton’s first draft. He was taken in the fourth round (121 overall) in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He spent June and July that year with their Class A affiliate Aberdeen Iron Birds and posted a 2.45 ERA in six appearances. He played three seasons with the Notre Dame baseball program and finished with a 3.03 ERA in 32 career appearances.
However, Connaughton didn’t stay a Net for long. He was traded along with Mason Plumlee (a Warsaw, Ind. native) to Portland for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who was picked 23rd overall, and veteran point guard Steve Blake.