One of SMU's biggest weaknesses last season was their lack of consistent outside shooting. With one more scholarship left to give in the class of 2014, Larry Brown and company may have found an answer to their problem.
"You can't go wrong with a Hall of Fame coach," Cornish said. "They were really good last year and they are going to be really, really good next year. I feel like I can come in and play right away. I could come in with Mudiay and make an immediate impact."
Cornish is a 6-foot-6, 210 pound guard who played for Brother Martin HS (LA) and the New Orleans Elite in AAU. He says he understands the impact playing for a coach like Brown could have on his game and development.
"It means the world to me that a coach of his caliber would even consider me," Cornish said. "It means all my hard working is paying off if a guy like Larry Brown is looking at me. It just feels good."
Cornish watched the Mustangs play a few times this season, including both victories over the eventual national champion Connecticut. He says their NBA style of play would be a perfect fit for him.
"I watched them play both times against UConn and in the NIT Championship game," Cornish said. "They play a post style of basketball and everybody wants to go to the NBA, so playing in that system and with that coach would be a good thing."
Cornish would also embrace the opportunity to play next to a point guard of Emmanuel Mudiay's caliber. Cornish was teammates with Mudiay at a camp last summer, and says the five-star point guard made the game more fun.
"Emmanuel is one of those guys that just makes everybody around him better," Cornish said. "I got to actually play with him at the Reebok Breakout Camp this summer and we kicked it off real well. I know him. We talk on Twitter from time to time. That would be fantastic to be able to step on the court with a guy like him. "
Cornish has yet to have direct contact with the SMU coaching staff because of NCAA rules about his transfer. Now, he expects coaches to start calling him directly and can't wait to meet Brown and his staff.
"I haven't talked with any of the coaches yet, but my parents have been. I'm excited because I'm supposed to talk to Larry Brown. He is supposed to call me this weekend," Cornish said. "I wasn't supposed to talk to any coaches yesterday. It was part of my release stipulations, but they have been calling my parents. I know they talked to Coach Maligi and Coach Brown multiple times, so I'm excited to get my chance to."
His release also doesn't allow him to sign with any other SEC programs. Cornish says it was one of the most difficult decision of his life, but believes he did the right thing.
"After Coach (Cuonzo) Martin left, it was just a tough situation," Cornish said. "My heart was in Tennessee, but when the guy that recruited me left I just had to do what was best for me and my family and that was to get my release."
Cornish doesn't want to drag out his recruiting process for long. He says he is going to take three visits and have a "decision in about two or three weeks."
He is known for his terrific shooting ability, but considers himself an all-around scorer. Last season, Cornish averaged 23.5 points and 8 rebounds per game while leading his team to the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs.
"I'm a big guard. I can handle the ball and bring it up the court," Cornish said. "I would consider myself a really good shooter and a really good scorer all-around. I'm also tough. I'm a tough guy on offense and on defense. I play with a lot of passion."