Carroll Co. star picks Queens

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Connor Lundy chose hoops over football, will join a program with family ties in Charlotte.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE –– As a freshman back in November of 2010, Connor Lundy stepped on to the basketball floor as a ninth-grader, playing his first varsity game for Carroll County. He made himself quite at home, knocking down seven 3-pointers and scoring 21 points.

The next stage in his basketball career will have a taste of home as well.

Lundy, one of the most productive athletes to ever wear the Cavalier silver and blue, signed a letter of intent to play for Queens University, a Division II South Atlantic Conference program located in Charlotte that is coached by his uncle, the well-connected and highly-successful Bart Lundy.

Though family ties didn’t hurt in the younger Lundy’s finding his way to Queens, that school was far from the only option for a kid that drew Division I interest in two sports, and the fact that he has family on the staff could come in more handy once he is finished as a player.

“It’s a real privilege to play for him and learn from him because I want to coach in the future,” Lundy said. “I’d like to be a graduate assistant once I graduate and I think I could learn a lot from [Bart] to help me become a good coach.”

He reportedly is receiving a full scholarship to the school.

“Queens is a nice place and I’ve always wanted to go to a big city,” he said. “I think Charlotte’s a good place for me.”

Lundy finished his career at No. 2 on Carroll County’s all-time scoring list, totaling 1,281 points over 100 varsity games. He completed a senior campaign in March in which he poured in 401 points in 24 games, leading the Cavaliers in scoring with a 16.7 per-game average. He was second on the team with 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and played in 76 wins, more than any other Cavalier, earning first-team all-Conference 24 honors. He was also recently named the schools outstanding senior male athlete.

As a basketball player, Lundy drew interest from Radford and several South Atlantic Conference schools, including Tusculum, where longtime high school teammate Gunnar Beamer will play this coming season.

While Queens wasn’t his only basketball option, basketball wasn’t his only athletic option. Leaving the CCHS football program as the school’s all-time yardage leader – he finished with more than 4,500 passing yards – Lundy got looks from James Madison, William & Mary, Elon, Wofford and several Division II schools.

“I was pretty set on basketball,” he said. “It was tough and it took a while to realize what I really wanted to do, and playing basketball at Queens was what I wanted to do.”

Bart Lundy will be in his second season on his second stop at Queens. The elder Lundy coached there from 1997-2003, building a 115-41 record, including 29 wins and a national semifinal appearance in ‘03. He coached at High Point from 03-09 and remains that program’s winningest coach, then moved on to become the director of basketball operations at Marquette until returning to the sidelines as an assistant at North Texas. The Royals were 14-13 last year in his first season back in Charlotte.

Connor Lundy plans on working the summer camps at Queens and enrolling in the fall, majoring in sports management.

“I would like to coach at the college level,” he said. “Hopefully I can be a graduate assistant for Bart when I graduate, find a job somewhere else and raise the bar as I go along.”