Connor MacDougall's college basketball career has been less than ideal thus far to say the least. He was once ranked by Rivals as the eleventh-best center in his high school class (2014) and fielded scholarship offers from New Mexico, Colorado, California, Utah, Boise State, and Oregon State, among others. He eventually chose Arizona State over New Mexico in 2012. His experience with the Sun Devils was troubled: he only appeared in limited action in his one season with Arizona State, playing a total of 23 minutes across six games.
The lack of playing time can be contributed to a variety of factors: his youth, a shoulder injury sustained in February, and a three-game suspension at the beginning of the season due to violating team rules. This led him to transfer to South Mountain Community College in April 2015. Now MacDougall will hope to resurrect a once-promising career with UNM.
At his best, MacDougal is known to be a tenacious rebounder with an affinity for great outlet passes. He was the starting center on the Arizona Division I state champions in high school and will reunite with former high school teammate Dane Kuiper, a freshman guard for the Lobos.
For the Lobos, they continue to be a haven for transfers: from Drew Gordon back in 2010 to Tim Williams and Elijah Brown this season. UNM has had success in taking other teams' players and building a strong team. Three years after initially recruiting MacDougall, the Lobos will hope he can live up to his potential while making him an integral part of the team.