The 6-5 Cornley appeared at Nike Camp last week in Indianapolis intent on showing he can also play on the wing. He went into the camp as Ohio's No. 5 senior prospect, according to HoopScoopOnline.com.
"This is the best competition around," Cornley said. "I'm just trying to get my name out there. When we did stations, I went down with the guards. Everybody knows I can play the post. But I wanted to show the coaches what I've been working on. I know working with these drills with the best guards in the country will only help me."
"At first, I really wasn't looking at Ohio State," he said. "They weren't interested in me. But I'm not going to hold a grudge. They have a new coach now. Whatever happens happens."
Cornley said Xavier had tracked his progress as a sophomore before it signed Cincinnati Moeller forward Josh Duncan and got a verbal from Toledo St. John's standout B.J. Raymond.
"I would say Dayton is at the top of my list," he said. "I also see Florida and Pittsburgh sometimes as well as some mid-major schools like Bowling Green and Kent State. Dayton offered me two or three weeks ago. (UD coach Brian) Gregory told me he wasn't recruiting me as a post player. When he told me that, my eyes lit up. But I just want to take some time and see what happens."
Cornley said he learned of Matta's move to Ohio State in a discussion at Nike Camp with Raymond.
"I asked him, I said, `Hey, Ben, are you going to stay with Xavier?' " Cornley said. "I had no idea what had just happened. He had just found out about the coaching change. He thought I was being funny, which I wasn't. He said, `I don't know what I'm going to do.'
"(Lima's) Travis Walton was sitting there and he said to me, `You know (Matta) just went to Ohio State, don't you?' I said I didn't know that. Ben said it's just a verbal commitment, so if anything happens the worst thing you would do is change schools. But right now, he said he was going to go ahead and stay there (at XU)."
Budget problems within the Columbus city school district threatened winter sports in the district. But Cornley said it is his understanding that the district will still have sports this winter.
"I didn't know what to do at first and whether I should transfer or not," he said. "With my mother living in the Westerville district, I was going to transfer to that district and go to Westerville South. But everything has ended up working out and I'm not going to move."
Cornley averaged 24.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior. He willed Brookhaven to 20 straight wins and a return trip to the state final four before a state semifinal loss ended the Bearcats‘ season at 24-3. Cornley had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to Toledo St. John's.
He believes Brookhaven will be back in the hunt for a Division I state title this year.
"We got a transfer from Marion-Franklin named Alex Daniels," Cornley said. "He's 6-4, 220 and he's pretty good at football and basketball. With him and three other 6-5 players, we should have the most athletic team we've had. I think we have a great chance of getting back there."