When he sits down and thinks about how things are going for him athletically, Conner Teahan can’t help but smile. A junior at Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst, Teahan is a star quarterback on the football field, but he’s not shabby on the basketball court either. In fact, the 6-4 WG was good enough as a junior to earn a spot on the KC Star’s All-Metro team and he also won the Gatorade player of the year award in the state of Missouri.
Teahan was so surprised at winning the Gatorade award, he didn’t quite realize what he had won.
“I felt really good when I found out,” Teahan told Phog.net. “I was completely shocked. I didn’t even understand what I’d won for a week or so. Now I realize that it’s huge, especially because I’m only a junior.”
A big time shooter who needs little time or space to get off his jumper, Teahan is much more than a catch and shoot guy. He’s learning to put the ball on the floor, he’s grabbing rebounds on defense and attacking the other end, and he’s a surprisingly good scorer on the inside.
Not surprisingly, Teahan feels his experience on the football field -- where he’s being recruited by the likes of Kansas, Arizona State, Missouri, Michigan State, Illinois, and Purdue -- is part of what makes him so successful on the basketball court.
“It really helps me deal with pressure,” said Teahan. “Being a quarterback you have to deal with pressure so nothing really bothers me out there.”
This spring and summer, Teahan is also becoming more involved on the AAU basketball circuit. He’s playing with KC Pump ‘N Run and recently had a strong showing in front of college coaches at a tournament in Las Vegas. Then, this past weekend he led Pump ‘N Run to a runner up finish at the Sabes Foundation Invitational in Minneapolis while being named to the All-Tournament team.
So far on the basketball side he’s heard from Wichita State, Creighton, Northern Illinois, Iowa, and Purdue. Just a few weeks ago coaches from Kansas stopped by his high school to watch him and North Carolina has been in contact as well.
With plenty more attention still to come, Teahan is leaning towards playing basketball in college. However, at the end of the day he says he’ll play whichever sport allows him to play at the most competitive level and one school in particular will be tough to beat – for football or basketball – should his play drawn an offer.
“Probably KU,” said Teahan. “Maybe it’s because I’ve been to so many games and watched them for so long. I love the atmosphere, for both sports really.”