Further evidence Orioles pitching prospect Pat Connaughton's basketball playing days might not be over yet: The NBA wants a closer look.
Connaughton, who starred for Notre Dame last season, has been invited to the NBA pre-draft combine. The league brings in 60 or so of the top prospects ahead of the late June draft.
The 6-foot-5 swingman averaged 12.5 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior. Connaughton's perimeter shooting is what makes him an interesting player on the pro level; he shot 42 percent on 3-point attempts last season.
The invitation is a tad surprising - DraftExpress.com, a leading draft website, does not rank Connaughton among the top 100 prospects. Last month he participated in the Portsmouth Invitational, another pre-draft event that typically only includes a handful of potential draft picks.
Baltimore selected Connaughton in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He showed promise pitching at Class A Aberdeen last summer.
The question is what does Connaughton want to do. For now, he's not telling.
During an interview at Portsmouth, the pitcher/swingman said during an interview with the Daily Press, "The funniest thing about it is, baseball guys assumed I was going to try and play basketball. And then the basketball guys assumed I was going to play baseball."
ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported on Connaughton's invitation.
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Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.
The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning.
After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.
This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.
The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.
Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.
Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.
The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.
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The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.
Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor.
No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders.
The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.