He made a good choice. In watching his videos, there couldn't have been a fit for Connor than Carm's PO, as he's solidly built, smart, and can pass, dribble, and shool. As a triple threat he'll be very difficult to guard in whatever spot in the rotation he touches the ball. He's solid on D and will also need to continue to gain strength so he can grab a few boards as well.
In the larger picture, imagine what this program is going to look like by the time Connor is a senior.
LA GRANGE – Connor Niego is nicely adding to a great family tradition.
Niego’s father Joe was drafted by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1987, and older brother Harrison is Lyons Township’s career leader in 3-point baskets (149) and has appeared in seven games this season as a freshman at Indiana.
A versatile 6-foot-8 junior at Lyons Township, Connor Niego showed his own big-time potential Friday with 22 points and eight rebounds as the Lions (3-4, 1-1) rolled to a 60-36 win over Downers Grove North.
“Our team was really moving the ball well, and we came out with great energy,” said Niego, whose 13-point first quarter included a trio of 3-pointers. “It always helps when the shots are going in early – it makes you a little more effective off the drive as well.”
Niego shared Friday’s spotlight with freshman guard Tyrese Shines. His career-high 17 points included the first six points of the fourth quarter, which stretched the LT lead to 44-24.
“Tyrese does so many good things,” LT coach Tom Sloan said. “He was really good in the fourth quarter with deflections, steals and getting to loose balls.
“A lot of guys played, and we had a lot of contributions.”
In the mid-1980s, Lewis University had four Niego brothers in the starting lineup. History is now more or less repeating at LT.
Connor’s freshman brother Nolan scored seven points Friday, and his cousin Noah added five. Nolan had four points and two steals during a decisive 14-2 LT run that turned an 11-10 late first quarter lead into an eventual 30-19 halftime edge.
“It’s really nice having them on the team as well,” Niego said. “It just adds to the great camaraderie and team chemistry overall.”
Eli Bright added four points, Cawone Hester had three assists and Jack Drogosz grabbed seven rebounds.
Downers North made just 7-of-34 field goals over the final three quarters, while the Lions were 15-of-26 in that time. Limited mainly to 3-point tries by LT’s stifling 2-3 zone defense, the Trojans were 3-of-25 shooting in one stretch and committed six turnovers in the second quarter.
“I was really happy with our team defense,” Niego said. “We had guys like Jack Drogosz and Montel Blackwell taking charges, which was very effective keeping Downers North out of the paint. They were more hesitant driving the ball, and overall our defensive presence was fantastic.”
Up 16-12 after one quarter, the Lions allowed just 12 points over the next 18 minutes of play.
“The guys were doing their job within the defense, with really good pressure on the ball and help off the ball,” Sloan said. “We contested shots and took multiple charges, and the biggest thing was that we cleaned up the defensive glass most of the time.”
After a loss to York in their conference opener, the Lions feel they’re back on track.
“It’s a great conference,” Niego said. “No team is bad in our conference, so it’s important to get the wins at home like we did.”
i love this commitment as i think we landed the perfect kind of player for holy cross basketball. he had some impressive offers on the table and it appears we may have caught him on the cusp of even bigger offers. players with niego's size that can shoot the ball are always in high demand, and it sounds as if as his body was catching up to his game he had been garnering more and more interest.