Las Vegas Update: Andre Cornelius
Andre Cornelius, a 5'10 point guard from Charlotte, NC, will be one player who's recruiting will pick up after a great month of July capped off by a championship in Las Vegas at the adidas Super 64. The Dayton Flyers have targeted this guard for some time now and have trailed him while he and the Atlanta Celtics toured during the month of July.
Flyer Country was first able to see Cornelius in Cincinnati a few weeks ago and the two attributes which stood out most were his quickness and his ability to knock down jump shots.
First, his quickness. Not only is Cornelius quick with the ball, he is as quick laterally as anyone we have seen. We would even go so far as to say that his defense is in this same category – as good as anyone we have seen. He continually pressures the opponent's point guard and wares them down. To his credit it always seems to pay off late in games.
Second, the ability to make shots. Although Cornelius is a point guard in the truest sense – a player who takes pride in running the team, running the offense and getting teammates involved – he impressed by continually knocking down clutch shots. In one of our first glimpses at him, he hit a buzzer beater to beat Indiana Elite at the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic.
Many may argue that one of the weaknesses Cornelius possesses is his inability to get to the basket in the half court. In our opinion, this as a huge plus in his favor. The bottom line is that the guy understands his game, plays within himself and makes the plays he is capable of making. He is undersized but understands his limitations and chooses to use his exceptional pull-up jumper to make plays rather than attacking all the way to the rim.
In our final observation of Cornelius, in the finals of the Super 64, Cornelius and the Celtics were matched up against Pump N' Run Elite and their exceptional backcourt – arguably the nation's best – comprised of North Carolina commit Larry Drew and UCLA commits Jermie Anderson and Jrue Holiday. Cornelius was solid: he handled the ball, defended, ran the offense and made plays which, in turn, brought the Atlanta Celtics the championship.
Stay tuned to FlyerCountry.com for the latest recruiting news for the Dayton Flyers as well as player evaluations.
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