Thursday, September 23, 2010

More on the Commitments from Miller and Cherry

The Cornell Basketball Blog had the opportunity to speak with the head coaches of Shonn Miller (St. Ignatius HS), Cleveland, OH, 6-6, F (left) and Devin Cherry (Meridian HS) Meridian, MS, 6-3, G (right), Cornell's two newest basketball recruiting commitments.

Miller's head coach at St. Ignatius High School, Sean O'Toole told The Cornell Basketball Blog, "Shonn is the hardest working kid I've ever coached. He's very young, he just turned 17, his best days on the basketball court are ahead of him." When asked to described Miller's physical attributes, position and game, O'Toole noted, "He's 6''6", but a long 6'6", wiry strong, athletic. He is very versatile, he is a point-forward, he play the 2, 3 or the 4." He continued, "Right now Shonn is a finesse player... almost too comfortable shooting from three, we are working to toughen him up and to take contact in the lane and get to the foul line. He is also a terrific defensive rebounder."

Asked about Miller's college recruitment, which included reported offers from Miami (OH), Toledo, Bucknell, Northeastern, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cleveland State, Akron, James Madison, and Lousiana-Lafayette, O'Toole noted that the Ivy League is a perfect fit for Miller. "He's a really smart kid. He could've gone to other high schools in the area [such as national basketball power St. Edward's] with more established basketball traditions, but he came here for the academics and Cornell in the Ivy League is an ideal situation for him." O'Toole noted, however, that had Miller remained uncommitted or attended a prep school, many other schools could have also offered scholarships. "Duquesene [of the A-10] offered him an official visit and could've offered Shonn during his trip... I just spoke with coaches of Notre Dame, his recruitment by them was very real, they were following Shonn very closely."

Cherry's head coach Randy Bolden at Meridian High School said, "Devin's a very smart player with a very high basketball IQ. He's a winner and makes the players around him better. With Devin he's an "interchangeable 1-2" and can play either guard spot for us [at Meridian] or on the college level." He continued, "Devin is our best defender, we play him on the opponents' best guards. He's a great shooter... Yes, he is athletic. Is he a guy that jumps above the rims all the time? No. But he can jump and he has very good speed. He is definitely 'athletic.'"

When asked about Cherry's college recruitment, Bolden noted that Cherry held offers to Penn, Wofford, Jackson State, and SE Louisiana (Southland Conference). He also noted that Western Kentucky, Murray St., Princeton and Bucknell were others involved, but Cherry had narrowed his schools down by the end of the summer and opted to focus on Penn and Cornell. After visiting Cornell and Penn, Cherry made his decision. "He just really felt comfortable with Coach Courtney and Coach Sears."

"He is such a hard worker. I told Coach Coach Courtney they are gonna have to run him out of the gym after practices. He's always trying to get better, always working," Bolden added.


Anonymous said...

The basketball in the header is a little too dark. I barely even noticed it was there.

Everything else is looking slick

Anonymous said...

I am loving the athleticism that our program is headed to.