Remember when adults used to say to you, “You can be whatever you want to be”? From the looks of it, former Notre Dame forward Pat Connaughton is giving this saying a whole new meaning. The 6-fooot-5 athlete is playing professional baseball and also is a member of the Portland Trailblazers organization.
Need proof of his skills, the 22 year old broke out an impressive 44-inch vertical leap at the NBA Combine this spring. It seems like Connaughton is unstoppable at the moment, but let’s not forget there will always be someone to challenge another person’s success.
Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was not going to let this one slide for Connaughton. The coach tried his hand at leaping today, jokingly challenging Connaughton in the process.
Hey, @PlanetPat5. You think you have a better VERT than Coach?
We just found out the answer is… Yes.@UnderArmour pic.twitter.com/80L9laflqq
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) July 23, 2015
The twitter handle that Brey tagged was of Connaughton’s account. It doesn’t seem as though the head coach’s jumps are remotely close, but that could be from his decision on wearing pants.
Give the guy a pair of shorts, and I guarantee he would blow Connaughton out of the water. Although he was lazy with his attire, I’ll still give the 56 year old a B+ for the effort.
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