“It feels good to have everything done,” Conner Teahan told Phog.net. “It feels even better that I’m going to KU, especially since that’s always been my dream.”
Known for outside shooting and toughness around basket, Teahan will come to KU as a walkon with the opportunity to earn a scholarship and with the understanding that the scholarship isn’t promised.
“There is nothing guaranteed and that’s a risk, but I’ll take it,” said Teahan. “They said I’ll have a chance to earn a scholarship. Myself, I’m sure I can work hard enough to get that done.”
According to Teahan, the proximity of KU to home was indeed a plus, but wasn’t a determining factor in choosing to accept an invitation to walkon at his dream school.
“It was the atmosphere, the coaches and how much I’ve always loved them,” said Teahan, who chose KU over an offer from Wichita State and interest from schools like Kansas State and Ole Miss. “All of those things contributed to me making this decision,” said Teahan.
A high scorer and clutch performer at Rockhurst, Teahan knows he’ll have to adjust to a new role at Kansas. He’ll have to fight for his minutes early and will be counted on to provide a threat from the outside.
“My role will be a shooter and I’m a taller perimeter threat,” said Teahan. “Since that’s what my role will be, I’ll have to work to develop that even more.”
With the decision out of the way and an important sectional game against Raytown High in the Missouri Class 5A state playoffs looming ahead on Wednesday night, Teahan believes that he can be more than just a shooter in his career at KU.
“I made it a priority over the past few months to develop other parts of my game,” said Teahan. “People guard me so tough on the perimeter that I’ve really started to drive by them and attack the basket more. That’s something I’ll be able to develop even more now that I can concentrate on basketball year round.”