Conor Cronin to attend, play basketball at Johnson & Wales

  • Conor Cronin, right, shown in 2015 playing for Hampshire Regional, announced that he will play for Johnson & Wales this fall. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 5/2/2016 11:24:05 PM

GRANBY — Conor Cronin went from a Raider to a Mustang, and in the fall he will become a Wildcat.

The former Hampshire Regional big man, who is currently at The MacDuffie School, announced Monday on Twitter that he will attend Johnson & Wales University to play Division III basketball.

“My first tour was handled very professionally,” Cronin said. “They showed me exactly why they wanted me. They were active in my recruitment. Not like some schools that recruit as many players as possible and cut accordingly.”

Cronin played exclusively in the paint at Hampshire with his 6-foot, 5-inch frame, before playing the high post against bigger players for MacDuffie. The experience against bigger more talented players at the prep level prepared Cronin for the challenges of college basketball.

Johnson & Wales offers Cronin’s preferred major, health sciences, and has a brand new basketball facility.

“They are also on top of their players academically,” Cronin said. “Which intrigued me.”

The aesthetics of the campus located in Providence, Rhode Island, caught Cronin’s eye.

“The campus is gorgeous,” Cronin said. “It’s surrounded by Brown University and Providence College. Seems like a great area for college.”

Johnson & Wales made the Division III tournament last year. The Wildcats lost to Tufts in the sectional semifinals.

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