POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - John Cornish, a 6-foot-4 guard signed with Delta State after playing one season at Pearl River Community College. He will instead play his sophomore season at NCAA Division II Delta State.
His departure leaves Wildcats head basketball coach Richard Mathis with a vacancy.
Mathis said, "John's a fine young man and we'll certainly miss him, but we don't want to hold anyone back."
Cornish decided to leave for what he believes could be a team fighting for a national championship.
"Their program is well-built and headed in the right direction, "stated Cornish. "They compete for a national championship every year. I liked the campus coming out of high school, and it's close to home."
Cornish started 26 of 29 games for PRCC, the MACJC state champion Wildcats. He netted 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He was a sharp-shooter from three-point range having drilled 43 of 86 from behind the arc. His 50 percent shooting from 3-point range was seventh-best among NJCAA players.
Cornish is thankful for his time at PRCC saying, "I owe a lot to Pearl River, and the quality experience I had there. It helped me adjust to college life, and served as a good transition from high school to college. I'll cherish the relationships and friendships I've made during my time at Pearl River."
Cornish was a three-year starter at Olive Branch High School and besides his athletic skills, he also excelled in the classroom, winning the school's Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He was a members of the Honors program, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society and was recipient of the Dr. Thomas J. and Patricia Malone Family Honors scholarship.