Tuesday, September 21, 2010

St. Ignatius Announces Miller Commitment to Cornell

Below, a news article from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

“The Right Fit." Wildcats Basketball Standout Shonn Miller Commits to Cornell University

By Eddie Dwyer
St. Ignatius High School
September 20, 2010

When Shonn Miller returned from visiting Cornell University this past weekend, the gifted senior forward/post said it just felt right.

Shonn went on to say that the one major similarity between Cornell and Saint Ignatius is the emphasis on academics. Quite an impressive statement when you consider Cornell, located in Ithaca, N.Y., is ranked among the top 20 universities in the world. Yes my friends, the world, not just the country.

Miller, whose skills in the classroom match those he displays on the basketball court, said Monday afternoon that he will be furthering his education and basketball career at Cornell next year.

A 6-foot-6 two-time all-district honoree, Miller will be joining a Big Red program that has won three consecutive Ivy League championships and last season became the first Ivy League team to advance to the “Sweet Sixteen” since Penn's Final Four appearance in 1979.

Cornell, which defeated Wisconsin of the Big Ten to advance to the Sweet 16, finished 29-5 in 2009-10, including a 13-1 mark in the Ivy League.

“They're very happy,” said Miller, when asked of his family's reaction to his decision. Shonn also added that he is very impressed with the Big Red coaching staff, especially head coach Bill Courtney.

“I like him (Coach Courtney) a lot,” he said.

In helping Saint Ignatius to a 19-5 record last season and an appearance in the Division I regional semifinals, Miller averaged 13.4 points and nearly 9 rebounds per game. He shot 53 percent from the field, blocked 36 shots and made 24 steals.

Carrying a 3.2 grade-point average at Saint Ignatius, Shonn said he would like to major in Business Finance and emphasized that he is very happy to have the recruiting process over before the start of his senior season.

“I am so happy for Shonn and his family, it's every family's dream,” said Wildcats head basketball coach Sean O'Toole '87. “I told him (through the recruiting process) that he would know when it's right. Cornell was very thorough in its process, as were all of the other schools.

“When you graduate with a degree from Cornell, you can write your own ticket,” Coach O'Toole added. “And that is what this is all about.”

Among the other schools high on Miller's recruiting list were Northeastern, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Columbia and Bucknell.


desertjim said...

lets hope he becomes the next big star to rise on east hill!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Miller had more scholarship offers during the fall period than any Big Red "signee" in the last ten years.

He has to prove it on the court, but he is definitely the highest level "early commit" for Cornell post 2000.

Big, big get for this program.

Anonymous said...

where were the scholarship offers from?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Miami (OH), Toledo, Bucknell, Northeastern, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cleveland State, Akron, James Madison, and Lousiana-Lafayette, among others.

Anonymous said...

scholarship offer from Columbia?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

He received an "offer" from Columbia (reserved roster spot, preferential admissions, and need-based financial aid).

Anonymous said...

those schools dont get me too excited

great, another swing player.... can we get a big man please?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Those are very high level schools for an Ivy recruit, especially for a fall signing. Had he waited it out to spring, his list could've grown.

While everyone is talking about Kenyatta Smith, the reality is that the kid had only two BCS offers (Northwestern and Vandy). Most of his suitors were similar schools, WCC, American East, Patriots, Ivies.

Very, very few Ivy recruits have a dozen D-I offers in their pockets. Kenyatta Smith, Jonah Travis and Shonn Miller are in an elite group.

Errick Peck will be a junior next year, Groebe will be a senior, Ferry a senior, Wroblewski a senior, Gatlin a senior...

Getting the picture? Cornell needed young blood on the wings and Shonn Miller gives us a good athlete with skills. He can really develop to be a star at our level.

Anonymous said...

Is this one of the first guys we have ever gotten a commitment from this early?