Matty McConnell, a Chartiers Valley High School senior and one of the top basketball players in the WPIAL, has decided to play college basketball next year at Robert Morris.
McConnell, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard, accepted a scholarship and made a verbal commitment to Robert Morris Thursday night while meeting with the team's coaches. He will sign a binding letter of intent in November.
Robert Morris offered McConnell a scholarship in April. He will be the second boy in his family to play Division I basketball. His brother, T.J., is a senior and the starting point guard at the University of Arizona.
"I just thought they were the best fit for me," said Matty McConnell. "I knew they were interested in me and they always stayed in touch with me. They were always nice to me and I loved how they would stay in contact with me."
McConnell said he will be a "combo guard," meaning he can play point guard or shooting guard. He averaged 21 points a game last year and already has more than 1,000 points.
McConnell's father, Tim, is Chartiers Valley's coach.
"We met with Robert Morris' staff tonight and Matt just said this is where he wanted to be," said Tim McConnell. "He said it felt right in his gut. I said, 'You always have to go with your gut.'"