"I played against him my freshman year when I went to the Super Showcase with Drew Lavender and Brandon Foust. He's a real, tough strong player. He's real relentless when it comes to board. He's real strong."
And so is the 6-5 Cornley. And tough too.
Last July at Nike Camp, Cornley's hand was badly injured. He played anyway. "It was just about broken. I had worked so hard during the summer that I just went ahead and played."
Cornley is playing his junior season with the same reckless abandon he showed last summer. He's putting up 29 points and 16 rebounds a contest. Colleges are taking notice, though some will be turned off by his size. Others will value him for who he is: a worker inside and relentless on the glass.
"Probably the leader would be Michigan," Cornley said. "I talked to Coach Amaker and he's understanding. He told me up front what he's looking for. From the last couple of years he's turned the program around. Knowing his team wasn't going to the tournament, he still had them playing hard."
And playing hard is what Jamelle Cornley is all about.