Hofstra Lands Sophomore JUCO Guard

Reporter Brian Towey has a JUCO commitment story ....

Cornelius Vines, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound sophomore guard at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa, will continue his playing career at Hofstra.

The native of Syracuse, N.Y., made a commitment on a recent official visit to the school.

"I really liked it," said Vines. "The guys were great. The coaching staff was great. I liked the atmosphere. And I liked the education that I'll be able to get there."

Vines had previously taken an official visit to Iona.

Vines averaged 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists this past season for Iowa Lakes, which finished 28-22 and 8-16 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. He shot 42 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc. He hit for a high of 37 points against Marshalltown Community College.

"I'm a scorer, basically," said Vines. "I'm a shooter, a scorer. They said that they were looking for a scorer. I'm a guy that can put it in the hole. They said their offense is guard-oriented with a lot of high-ball screens."

Vines originally committed to Hartford out of Henninger High School in Syracuse. He spent a semester at Globe Tech in New York City as a redshirt freshman. He played for three semesters at Iowa Lakes.

Vines played for Mickey Walker in the Donyell Marshall Foundation AAU program.

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