Event to take place at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday
A silky smooth lefty who is one of the nation's premier shooters ... one of Purdue's most consistent performers the last three seasons ... has the ability to penetrate and finish ... ranks third all-time in school history in career 3-point field goals (176), seventh in career 3-point field goal percentage (.391), ninth in career steals (128) and 22nd in career scoring (1,183) ... nickname is "J-Kool."
As A Junior (1998-99)
Named third-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... one of only two players to start every game for Purdue (Brian Cardinal) ... led the Boilermakers in scoring (15.2 ppg), 3-point field goals (85) and minutes played (30.7 mpg) ... also led the team with 28 double-figure scoring games and 11 20-plus point scoring games ... scored in double figures in 18 of his last 19 games ... averaged 17.6 points per game in Big Ten play ... earned Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors on Nov. 24 after helping the Boilers to the semifinals of the Chase NIT, and on Feb. 15 after leading Purdue to road wins at Indiana and Illinois ... scored 29 points on 9-for-13 (.692) shooting against Gonzaga on Nov. 18 in the opening round of the Chase NIT ... banked in the game-winning bucket against St. John's in the consolation game of the Chase NIT in Madison Square Garden with 1.7 seconds left play, capping a furious Boilermaker comeback which saw them rally from an 18-point second-half deficit to win 70-69 ... went for 21 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field, including 4-for-9 (.444) from the arc and 5-for-6 (.833) from the line, in Purdue's 71-57 win at Xavier on Dec. 5 ... scored 23 points and shot 58 percent (7-for-12) from the floor, including 3-for-6 from three-point range, in a 70-67 win at Penn State on Jan. 6 ... had 17 points, four assists and three steals against Illinois on Jan. 13 ... poured in 20 points on 7-for-11 (.636) shooting, including 4-for-8 (.500) from three-point range, against Michigan on Jan. 23 ... scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in a win over Iowa on Feb. 4 ... scored seven of his 14 points in overtime, including the game-winning trey with 33.5 seconds to play, in an 86-81 overtime win at Indiana on Feb. 9 ... shot 6-for-12 from the floor, including 5-for-13 (.385) from the arc, en route to a career-high 30 points at Illinois on Feb. 13 ... scored 21 points at Michigan State on Feb. 16 ... finished with 24 points, three assists and two steals against Penn State on Feb. 20 ... tied a career-high with four steals against Minnesota on Feb. 23 ... scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds at Minnesota on Feb. 25 ... had 11 points and five assists against Michigan State on Feb. 28 ... managed just five points after fouling out against Michigan on March 4 in the Big Ten Tournament ... tallied a team-high 18 points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes of action in a 58-54 Boilermaker victory over seventh-seeded Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 12 ... managed just four points, one rebound and one assist in Purdue's 73-63 upset of No. 2 seed Miami (FL) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 14 ... scored 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, in the Boilermakers season-ending loss to Temple in the Sweet 16 on March 19.
As A sophomore (1997-98)
Third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, honorable mention by the media ... played in 28 of 36 games ... set the school single-season record for three-point percentage (.500), passing the old mark of .485 by Woody Austin in 1989-90 ... started the first 25 games for Purdue until he suffered a badly sprained left ankle three minutes into the game against Indiana on Feb. 10, causing him to miss eight games ... before the injury, Cornell was playing as well as any guard in the nation, shooting 57.6 percent from the field on 38-of-66 shots and averaging 20.2 points in his previous six games (all double-digit affairs) ... averaged 12.8 points (third on team) on 51.9 percent shooting, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.4 minutes per contest ... led the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage (.500) in all games ... made an incredible 24-of-25 free throws for 96.0 percent in Big Ten games (first on team), and was the team's second-best foul shooter in all games at 81.3 percent ... scored in double-digits 16 times and led the team in scoring seven times ... team leader in three-point field goal percentage (.500) and second in treys made (61) ... selected Big Ten Player-of-the-Week (Dec. 21) after scoring a career-high 28 points vs. No. 10 Xavier on Dec. 20 ... matched his career-high of 28 points at No. 19 Michigan on Jan. 29 ... pulled down a career-high nine rebounds vs. Northeast Louisiana ... 1997 Boilermaker Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.0 points in wins over Tennessee-Martin and San Francisco ... scored 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting at Indiana on Jan. 18 to earn CBS Purdue Player-of-the-Game honors.
As A Freshman (1996-97)
Purdue's No. 4 scorer (10.2) and second-leading field goal percentage leader (.470), first among perimeter players ... ranked third on team in steals (46, second-best all-time by a Purdue freshman) and fourth in free throw percentage (.704) ... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in steals (31) ... shot 36.1 percent (30-83) on treys ... scored in double-figures 16 times ... shot 50 percent or better from the field in 15 of 30 games.
A third team Parade All-American, Cornell finished third in the voting for Indiana Mr. Basketball ... consensus top 30 recruit nationally ... as a senior, Cornell averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and led the team in blocks (24) ... led Clay to a 22-4 record as a senior ... scored 20 or more points in 14 games, 30 or more five times, including a career-best 36 vs. Washington High ... set a school record when he nailed seven three-pointers vs. Washington ... as a sophomore, he scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds in a 93-88 win over Valparaiso in leading the Colonials to the 1994 state championship ... Clay's all-time career leader in points (1,700) and rebounds (782) ... also dished out 233 career assists ... South Bend Clay established an impressive 84-15 record with Cornell in the starting lineup, including a 69-8 mark his final three years ... Cornell was one of 12 high school seniors selected to play for the 1996 Junior National Select Team ... he also participated in the 1996 East/West Senior Slam in Atlanta, Ga. ... Cornell's high school coach was Tom DeBaets.
Majoring in law and society ... given name is Jaraan V. Cornell ... born November 22, 1976 in South Bend, Ind. ... son of Barbara Neal and Paul Cornell ... enjoys cleaning and hanging out with his friends in his spare time ... will wear his great grandmother's name and age on a wrist band throughout the season.
Inside Jaraan Cornell
- I started playing basketball: in the third grade because my older brother Rashaan was already playing.
- One thing that I wish people knew about me but don't: I'm a really nice guy, so come and "speak."
- Person I would most like to meet: Michael Jordan and Mickael Jackson because they are both great entertainers and I have many questions.
- When I'm not playing basketball, I like to: talk on the phone.
- The best player I ever played against: Glenn Robinson.
- The toughest arena I ever played in: The United Center in Chicago because I tend to not shoot well in there.
- The first time I walked into Mackey Arena for a game: my eyes lit up!!
- Biggest athletic thrill: winning the state championship ... something only few ever achieve.
- Since I've been at Purdue, I've learned: to work hard and expect nothing.
- Pre-game ritual: listen to rap music while getting ready to come into the arena.
- The first time I met Coach Keady: I thought he was a very kind man!
- The thing about Coach Keady that impresses me: he's already a great coach but he doesn't think so.
- Preseason team MVP: it'll be a surprise!!
- CAREER HIGHS -
|Points:||30 at Illinois (February 13, 1999)|
|Field Goals:||11 vs. Northeast Louisiana (Nov. 20, 1997)|
|Field Goal Attempts:||18 twice, last at Illinois (February 13, 1999)|
|3-Point Field Goals:||7 vs. Ohio State (January 21, 1998)|
|3-Point Field Goal Atts:||13 at Illinois (February 13, 1999)|
|Free Throws:||8 twice, last vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 18, 1998)|
|Free Throw Attempts:||11 twice, last at Michigan State (Feb. 16, 1999)|
|Rebounds:||9 vs. Northeast Louisiana (Nov. 20, 1997)|
|Assists:||7 at Indiana (February 18, 1997)|
|Steals:||4 several times, last vs. Minnesota (Feb. 23, 1999)|
|Blocked Shots:||2 vs. Louisville (December 14, 1996)|
|Minutes Played:||40 vs. Louisville (December 14, 1996)|
- CORNELL'S CAREER STATISTICS -
|YEAR||GP-GS||MIN (AVG)||FG-FGA (%)||3P-3PA (%)||FT-FTA (%)||REB (AVG)||PF-D||AST||TO||BLK||ST||PTS (AVG)|
|1996-97||30-13||745 (24.8)||110-234 (.470)||30-83 (.361)||57-81 (.704)||72 (2.4)||70-1||61||68||9||46||307 (10.2)|
|1997-98||28-25||656 (23.4)||123-237 (.519)||61-122 (.500)||52-64 (.813)||81 (2.9)||52-0||65||52||4||35||359 (12.8)|
|1998-99||34-34||1,044 (30.7)||171-421 (.406)||85-245 (.347)||90-114 (.789)||96 (2.8)||77-1||72||63||3||47||517 (15.2)|
|TOTALS||92-72||2,445 (26.6)||404-892 (.453)||176-450 (.391)||199-259 (.768)||249 (2.7)||199-1||198||183||16||128||1,183 (12.9)|
1998-99 (JUNIOR) - *indicates starter
|LONG BEACH STATE||25||4-8||1-2||4-5||1-0-1||1||3||3||1||0||13|