Cornley To Play In Big Ten

Jamelle Cornley is like that horse you throw a few bucks on at the track because he's a longshot. Then boom, the longshot comes in first and you look like an expert handicapper.

The Penn State Nittany Lions secured a commitment from 6-foot-5+ forward Jamelle Cornley, a senior out of Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven.

Cornely isn't your average, everyday undersized power forward. He's a guy looking to expand his game to the perimeter but understands that his calling card is being a powerful horse inside who approaches rebounding like Charles Barkley.

Plus, if there's one thing Cornley is really good at its winning. For three straight years his high school team has advanced to the state semifinals. He's obsessed with finishing first this year.

"I can't stop at the Final Four," Cornley said. "I have to get to that championship. Being there three years already is drive alone. It's something that I have to have; I can't graduate without [the championship] for the most part."

St. Bonaventure, Ball State and Miami-OH have to be disappointed. At one point, Dayton was the strong leader for Cornley.

"Dayton was there for a minute but they ended up getting a commitment from a guy named Charles Little. Dayton was my No. 1 but I had to go ahead and move on."

Penn State was relentless in its pursuit of Cornley and Coach Ed DeChellis got it done.

"It was just pure honesty and being with me throughout the summer. Coach DeChellis told me up front what he for me and the situation that he was going to put me in and I went ahead and took it.

"He told that I could be an impact player as a freshman and I went ahead and took it. He also said that he was going put at a small forward and that's what I've been dreaming to play."

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