"After conversation and prayers with my family, I have decided to transfer from the University of Nevada Las Vegas," he said over Twitter. "I want to thank the coaching staff and fans for an amazing two years and an experience that'll forever be close to my heart. Also to my teammates who went to war with me thank you for being there through it all, you guys will forever have a brother in me. With that being said, I will be furthering my education and expanding my athletic talent with the California Golden Bears."
A 6-foot-4, three-star recruit out of New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin, and had an offer from Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin while he was at Tennessee. He chose the Rebels over offers from the Volunteers, Purdue, Oklahoma, Houston, Vanderbilt, Virginia Commonwealth and Wake Forrest.
As a transfer, the now-6-foot-6, 215-pound Cornish will have to sit one year, but once he's available to play (he'll have two years to play two, after that) , he'll provide a wing option to alleviate the losses of Jordan Mathews and Jabari Bird.
As a freshman with the rebels, Cornish averaged 5.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, playing 16.3 minutes per contest. Last season, Cornish averaged 21.6 minutes on the floor, shot 35.4% from the field and 30.1% from three-point range (after hitting 48.7% as a freshman from long distance), and averaged 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 6.2 points per game.
The transfer of Cornish does portend a change of fortunes for the Bears, as Martin's contract remains unsigned in the wake of a review of his reporting actions in regards to the sexual harassment allegations leveled at former assistant coach Yann Hufnagel. Hufnagel dropped his appeal of his termination last week, and took an assistant job at Nevada one day later. Cal would likely not be adding a transfer if Martin's future was in question.