Kellie McConnell Chooses Duquesne University For College Hoops

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North Allegheny incoming senior, Kellie McConnell, will continue her athletic and academic career at Duquesne University. McConnell announced her decision via social media on Thursday.

McConnell made a splash as a freshman on North Allegheny’s 2021 state championship team and was a Big 56 Conference All-Section honorable mention. Beset by a knee injury that kept her off the hardwood as a sophomore, McConnell made a triumphant return last season and helped the Tigers to a 22-6 record and another WPIAL Class 6A championship. She was named second-team all-section by the Big 56 Conference for her successful junior campaign.

At Duquesne University, McConnell will play alongside her cousin, Megan, who will be a junior with the Dukes this upcoming season. Continuing the family affair, McConnell will follow in her mother’s foot steps in calling “The Bluff” home. Sherri (Hannan) McConnell started all four years of her collegiate career 1995-1999 and led the Dukes in assists, steals and foul shooting percentage. Sherri still ranks ninth all-time in steals (205) and 10th all-time in assists (392) at Duquesne.

Her older cousin, T.J. McConnell, played men’s basketball at Duquesne as well. He just finished the eighth season of his NBA career, capping year four with the Indiana Pacers.

In 2022-23, the Dukes, led by head coach Dan Burt, went 19-12 and reached the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.