News Release from PRCC Athletics
POPLARVILLE – Veteran men's basketball coach Richard Mathis will have one more vacancy on his roster at Pearl River Community College following the departure of sophomore John Cornish.
Cornish, a 6-foot-4 guard, decided to sign with NCAA Division II Delta State after one season with the Wildcats, and he will play as a sophomore this season with the Statesmen.
"Their program is well-built and headed in the right direction," said Cornish of DSU. "They compete for a national championship every year. I liked the campus coming out of high school, and it's close to home."
Cornish was a three-year starter at Olive Branch High School before coming to PRCC as a freshman this past season, starting 26 of 29 games for the MACJC state champion Wildcats.
He averaged 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. His specialty was 3-point shooting, and he was 43 of 86 from behind the arc. His 50 percent shooting from 3-point range was seventh-best among NJCAA players.
Cornish is the second player to depart the Pearl River program, joining Malik Clements, who signed as a sophomore with North Dakota State after a season with the Wildcats.
"John's a fine young man and we'll certainly miss him," said Mathis, who still returns 12 players off last season's team that finished 25-4. "But we don't want to hold anyone back."
Cornish also excelled in the classroom at PRCC, winning the school's Scholar Athlete of the Year award. He was a member 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.
Delta State is coming off a 15-14 season in which the Statesmen were 12-10 in the Gulf South Conference. Head coach Jim Boone is entering his fourth season at the helm at DSU.
"It was a situation where everything fell in line, and I was led to the decision to leave Pearl River," Cornish said.