KNOXVILLE – Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin got his first commitment for the class of 2014 on Monday night when 6-4, 185-pound guard Jordan Cornish pledged to the Vols via Twitter.
Just committed to the University of Tennessee!!!! #GoVols
– Jordan Cornish (@jordancornish_) May 7, 2013
Cornish, a native of New Orleans, chose the Vols over Purdue, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, VCU, Houston and others.
“There were several times when he brought the ball up court and didn’t just attack the rim but also got his teammates involved,” Andrew Lopez of the New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote of Cornish in a scouting report in March. “He showed the ability to finish around the goal and had a nice touch on his jump shot.
“Cornish also made nice cuts to the goal when he didn’t have the ball, never standing still on offense.”
He is expected to sign with the Vols in the early signing period (November) for the class of 2014. Martin will likely take four or five signees for this class.
How he fits: The 2014 recruiting class will be crucial for Martin since the Vols could lose as many as five key players after next season – forward Jeronne Maymon, guard Trae Golden, guard Jordan McRae, guard D’Montre Edwards and forward Jarnell Stokes, who could opt for an early entry into the NBA Draft after next year.
Cornish, who projects as a shooting guard in college, will help replace the massive amount of backcourt scoring the Vols will lose when Golden and McRae graduate.
He’ll still be faced with a crowded backcourt in 2014-15 with Josh Richardson, Quinton Chievous, Armani Moore and incoming freshmen Robert Hubbs and Darius Thompson projected to be on the roster that point.
ESPN.com: 3-star; 35th best shooting guard
Rivals.com: 3-star; 131st best player in the nation
247Sports: 3-star; 32nd best shooting guard
247Sports Composite: 4-star, 26th best shooting guard
Daniel Lewis covers University of Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga