Tennessee men’s basketball landed its first commitment for the 2014 recruiting class Monday night.
Jordan Cornish, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, wrote on his Twitter account, “Just committed to the University of Tennessee!!!! #GoVols.”
Cornish is rated as a three star recruit by 247Sports and ranked as the 128th prospect overall in the class of 2014 and the No. 32 shooting guard. He told the News Sentinel he selected UT over scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Purdue, VCU, Houston, UTEP and Wake Forest.
“When I called Coach Martin tonight to tell him I committed he told me that I resemble him a lot from when he was a player,” Cornish said. “That’s what he likes about me — that toughness that I bring to the table. That’s what he bases his program on — toughness — and I want to be a part of it.”
Cornish, who plays for Team Louisiana in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, said he averaged 16.2 points and 10 rebounds as a junior at Brother Martin. He described himself as “a big guard who can knock down the 3, get other guys the ball and attack the basket.”
Martin offered Cornish a scholarship “three or four weeks ago,” according to Cornish, who took two unofficial visits to the Tennessee campus.
“Coach (Martin) sees me stepping in behind (Jordan) McRae to fill that scoring role after he’s gone,” Cornish said, referencing McRae, the Vols’ leading scorer as a junior last season.
Cornish plans to sign his National Letter of Intent with Tennessee during the early signing period in November.
“Tennessee started recruiting me during my freshman year, that was Coach Martin’s first year there, and they’ve been on me the whole way,” Cornish said, adding, “I’m comfortable with those guys at Tennessee and I wanted to get it (a verbal commitment) out of the way early so I can sign in November.”
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn