Cornelius Earning Looks, Offers

Andre Cornelius is one of a handful of point guards making his mark this spring. The Victory Christian standout took center stage last weekend in the eyes of recruiters.

Last month, Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian point guard Andre Cornelius made his move. At the Carolina Challenge, Cornelius was one of the day's top performers. Now, he's got the attention of numerous programs around the country.

Thus far, George Mason, South Carolina, Mississippi State, East Carolina and Tennessee, according to Cornelius, have had the head coaches call and offer him scholarships. More could be on the way.

Last weekend, while playing with his new AAU team the Atlanta Celtics, Cornelius turned more heads. The scene was at the Real Deal On The Hill and numerous coaches remarked back to us about his play there. Cornelius knows what's on the line.

"I'm playing for scholarship offers," the guard said. "A lot of colleges have been calling my dad and they said they're coming to see my games. They liked how I played at the Real Deal On The Hill."

Among the interested parties are Kansas State, Indiana, Cincinnati, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Miami and Maryland. "There's no pressure," Cornelius said. "I'm just going to play my game."

Since the end of the high school season, Cornelius' game has looked more and more well rounded. For instance, he's always been a guy who could easily speed past defenders. Recently he's shown more of an ability to distribute the basketball.

"I've been working on my jump shot and I'm passing the ball real good now. I just hustle on the floor; I play hard."

And the recipe is working. It's no secret the Class of 2008 is not point guard deep. Of the Top 5 point guards in the country, 4 are committed. There's significant room on the Top 25 for movement and Cornelius seems to be among a handful of his brethren making strides.


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