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Notre Dame Basketball Player Pat Connaughton Picked In Fourth Round Of MLB Draft

Notre Dame guard/forward Pat Connaughton has options for what he wants to do next year. He can return to Notre Dame and play basketball, where he averaged 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a junior, or he can play professional baseball, as he was selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft on Friday.

The 6-foot-6 Connaughton - who according to his Twitter is "the only man to dunk on Jabari Parker and strike out Jameis Winston" - was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 121st overall pick, which is the highest any Notre Dame pitcher has gone in the last six years of the Draft.

">@Orioles select Notre Dame RHP Pat Connaughton. http://t.co/ZjT3umJxdE#MLBDraft

— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker)

4 (121): @Orioles select Notre Dame RHP Pat Connaughton. http://t.co/ZjT3umJxdE#MLBDraft

— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 6, 2014

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Supposedly, there's no need for ND hoops fans to worry about the squad's glue guy leaving the team for a professional baseball career just yet, as Connaughton reportedly told teams that he wants to play basketball this year. No matter what he decides to do, it seems like Connaughton has the support of Fighting Irish head coach and Orioles fan Mike Brey.

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Connaughton started 10 games on the hill for Notre Dame in 2014, compiling a 3-5 record with a 3.92 ERA, 40 walks and 36 strikeouts.