Glastonbury High School’s Connor O’Leary shoots over Hall’s Justin Hill at GHS. After leading the Guardians in scoring as a junior, O’Leary was named to the all-state team.
Glastonbury High School junior Connor O’Leary was selected to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) All-State basketball team, joining 13 other players to be selected to the Division II squad.
O’Leary averaged over 18 points a game and was a force defensively for the Guardians this winter.
“First, I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates for all their support,” stated O’Leary, who added he was honored at the recognition. “It is a reflection of all the hard work I put in.”
O’Leary missed his sophomore season with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury as the Guardians won only four games without him on the court during the 2021-2022 season.
With O’Leary back in the lineup this winter, the team won 15 games.
Head coach Jim Vaughan said O’Leary worked tirelessly following the knee injury and returned as a captain, on an off the court, as a junior.
“It was great to see all of his hard work and rehab pay off,” added Vaughan, “He’s a kid who loves playing basketball [and] I know missing last year killed him, but he came back better than ever.”
Along with leading the team in scoring, the 6’4” O’Leary also averaged five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per game.
“I’m really proud of him and [the all-state recognition] was deserved,” added Vaughan. “He’s a great example for all players both healthy and injured. I’m looking g forward to seeing how much better he is next year.
O’Leary, along with all-conference sophomore David Smith, will head a talented group coming back next year.
The returning team captain added that the all-state selection was an honor, yet he noted that he and the team have unfinished business on the courts, adding, “I look forward to keeping this momentum going forward.”
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