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Jamelle Cornley
Jamelle  Cornley


Columbus, Ohio

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Height / Weight:
6-5 / 240





Nittany Lion Gameday #6: Colgate

Penn State hosts Raiders at 7 p.m. Wednesday in BJC


Penn State and Purdue Square Off on ESPNU

Nittany Lions take on Boilermakers in second-consecutive road game

A two-time team co-MVP and All-Big Ten honoree, Jamelle Cornley's value as a physical and emotional catalyst for the Nittany Lions is unmistakable. He has played in all but six games (85) since he stepped on campus, missing those six last season as he suffered a deep bone bruise in his left knee that eventually required arthroscopic surgery on March 10 of last year. The injury, suffered in the pre-season, severely limited his ability in the first seven games of last season (he missed three) and caused him to miss the last three games of the year. He still averaged 12.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg, became Penn State's 28th 1,000-point scorer, and earned third-team All-Big Ten honors. In his senior campaign, he is the Lions' top returning scorer and rebounder and an unquestioned squad leader. He is 100 percent recovered from the knee injury and will look to end his career among Penn State's top 10 all-time scorers and rebounders with his relentless play and out-going personality.


• 2008 All-Big Ten third team (media) & honorable mention (coaches)

• Two-time Penn State co-MVP (2007 & 2008)

• 2007 All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches & media)

• 2006 Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year (Penn State's first ever)

• 2006 All-Freshman Team selection (third-straight for Penn State)

• 22nd all-time in scoring at Penn State (1,048)

• 16th Nittany Lion with 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds

2007-08 SEASON • JUNIOR Underwent season ending arthroscopic surgery on March 10 to repair damaged tissue in his left knee...Suffered a bone bruise in his left knee at the Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 27... Missed six games on the year with the injury and underwent 28 hours of rehab per week to continue playing prior to the surgery...The injury severely limited his action through Penn State's first seven games, causing him to miss three...Made his first start of the season and equaled a season high with 17 points in 33 minutes in an 89-86 OT win over Seton Hall (12/8)... Scored 12 points and had a team highs of eight boards and two steals, a career best two blocks and his second career three in a win over Colgate (12/23)...Had a season high 22 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 11-of-14 from the floor in a Big Ten opening road win at Northwestern (1/2)...Had four dunks in the game and dominated the low block while playing all 40 minutes...Led Penn State with his second straight double-double with 18 points and a season-high 12 boards and team-high three assists in a 68-64 win at Illinois (1/6)...Went 8-of-11 at the line including two in the final seconds to ice the game...Led Penn State with 13 points, 10 in the second half, in an 80-55 loss to No. 19 Wisconsin (1/15)...Posted 19 points and seven rebounds in an 81-65 loss at No. 9 Indiana...Scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting at Iowa (1/26)...Scored 15 points (10 in the second half) and grabbed six rebounds in an 85-76 upset of No. 7 Michigan State (2/2)...Suffered a broken front tooth and split upper lip that required stitches six minutes into the second half at Purdue (2/5) and missed the rest of the game...Subsequently underwent a root canal, but played the following game...Led Penn State with 20 points, 15 in the second half, and four assists and two steals while going a career-best 8-of-9 at the foul line at Minnesota (2/24) to eclipse 1,000 career points...Had a huge game in a comeback win over Iowa, with 22 points (18 in second half), seven rebounds and a steal, going 8 of 13 from the floor in second half...Missed the final three games of the season with injury.

2006-07 SEASON • SOPHOMORE Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors (coaches & media) and shared Penn State's team co-MVP award with Geary Claxton...Combined with Claxton to produce 47 percent of Penn State's scoring and rebounding in Big Ten play...Ranked 13th in scoring (13.5 ppg), seventh in rebounding (6.7 rpg), eighth in field goal percentage (50.5%) and fifth in offensive rebounding (2.47) in the Big Ten...Led the Big Ten playing 36 minutes per game and played 40 minutes in seven games...Led Penn State in scoring 11 times and in rebounding 12 times...Posted six 20-point games and 21 double-digit scoring outings, including a career-best string of seven straight in Big Ten play...Tied for sixth in the Big Ten with five double-doubles...Played 39 minutes with a very painful hip pointer and willed Penn State to victory with a team-leading 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in a 74-72 victory over Iowa (2/28)...equaled career highs in rebounds and assists in the game and scored eight-straight points during a crucial stretch late in the second half...Posted back-to-back double-doubles to start the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Morehead State (11/10) and a then career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over UNC Greensboro (11/13)...Posted a double-double logging game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive) in 37 minutes of action in a 65-61 come-from-behind win over St. Joe's (11/25)...Made his first career three-pointer in the game...Played 40 minutes and posted a team-high 20 points while adding five rebounds and two assists in a 77-73 loss at No. 21 Georgia Tech (11/28)...made a career-high 10 field goals on 17 attempts (58%) from the floor in the game...Led Penn State in scoring for the third-straight game with 18 points and seven rebounds in an 80-71 win over Morgan State (12/2)... Recorded team highs with 18 points and seven rebounds in a 69-66 loss to SE Louisiana (12/16)...Shot 8-of-11 (72.7%) in the game...Scored a career-high 25 points and added eight rebounds while shooting 12-of-16 from the floor (75%) in a 129-111 victory over VMI (12/30)...Tied for the team lead with 17 points and added six rebounds in an 84-74 loss to Indiana (1/13)...Led Penn State with 15 points and eight boards in a 77-57 loss at Michigan (1/17)...Led Penn State with 21 points and six rebounds in a 91-64 loss to Michigan State (1/20)...posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 79-63 loss at Iowa (1/24)...posted 14 points and six boards playing all 40 minutes of a 65-60 loss at Minnesota (1/27)...Led the team with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting in a 71-58 loss to Wisconsin (2/7)...Posted 14 points and five boards playing all 40 minutes in a 64-62 loss to No. 2 Ohio State.

2005-06 SEASON • FRESHMAN The first Penn State player to earn Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year honors and the third straight named to the All-Freshman Team, Cornley led all Big Ten Freshmen in scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg) in 2005-06...At 6-6, 235 pounds, Cornley established himself as Penn State's most physical player and an emotional catalyst...Started his first game vs. St. Francis (12/18) after coming off the bench for the first seven games of the year and started the final 23 games of the season...Led Penn State and was 11th in the conference and first among freshman shooting 51.3 percent from the field (min. 3 made per game)...Led or tied for the team lead in scoring six times and rebounding eight times on the year...Scored in double figures in 19 of 30 games on the year and in 10 of 18 games vs. Big Ten opponents...Led Penn State with 18 points and added eight rebounds in a 63-56 loss to No. 1 seed Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament...Equalled a career-high with a team-leading 20 pts (13 in the first half) vs. Iowa (1/14)...Posted a career-high and team-best 20 pts on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5%) and added a team-high tying six rebounds in his Big Ten debut at Ohio State in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio (1/6)...Recorded his first career double-double with a career-best 13 rebounds and 11 points in a 69-60 victory at Purdue (2/18)...Pulled down 10 rebounds and added seven points and a career high four assists in a first round NIT loss to Rutgers (3/14)...Scored 14 points in the first half (6-of-7 from the field) vs. Wisconsin (2/11)...Led the team with 14 points and 8 rebounds vs. Ohio State (1/21) at home...Posted 11 points and team-high tying seven boards in win over Northwestern (2/25)...Shot 80 percent or better from the field in three games including 8-of-10 for 17 points and seven rebounds vs. UMKC (12/7)...Posted 16 points, five rebounds vs. Michigan (2/1)...Posted 18 points, six rebounds in a win over Purdue (1/18)...Posted 17 points, three rebounds vs. Nicholls State (11/23)...Posted 12 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes of action in his collegiate debut vs. Cornell (11/19).

HIGH SCHOOL Named the Ohio State Coaches Association Mr. Basketball in 2005 and the Division 1 Co-Player-of-the-Year in 2004 while starring at Brookhaven High School in Columbus...A freshman starter on Brookhaven's 2002 state title-winning team...Led Brookhaven to four straight City League and District titles...Scored 1,620 points and grabbed 1,297 rebounds during his four years as a starter...As a freshman, he started in BHS's state title-winning game...Became known as one of the most dominant players in the state and a crowd favorite across Ohio...Averaged 10.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg while helping Brookhaven to a 27-1 record and the Ohio state title in his freshman season...The next year, Brookhaven lost in the state title game, going 26-2, while Cornley averaged 15.2 ppg and 10.7 rpg...Brookhaven won City League, District and Regional titles in each of his first two seasons...As a junior, Cornley exploded offensively, scoring 23.4 ppg and grabbing 13.5 rpg while shooting 57.6 percent from the field...Helped guide Brookhaven to a 24-3 mark and its third straight City League, District and Regional crowns while advancing to the Ohio state semifinals...His senior year saw him score 21.1 ppg and grab 13.2 rpg while shooting 60.1 percent from the field as Brookhaven went 21-5 overall and claimed its fourth straight City League and District titles before suffering an upset loss in the regional final...In addition to his OHSCA Mr. Basketball title in 2005, he was state Division I Co-Player-of-the-Year as a junior and senior, a two-time Associated Press Mr. Basketball Finalist (junior and senior), a two-time first team all-state pick (junior and senior), a two-time Central District Player-of-the-Year (junior and senior), a two-time Columbus Dispatch Agonis Player-of-the-Year (junior and senior), a two-time team MVP (junior and senior), a two-time Nike All-America Camp attendee (summers of 2003 and 2004) and a two-time Brookhaven Scholar-Athlete and a four-time All-City selection.

PERSONAL Cornley was born on April 18, 1987 in Normal, Ill...His father, Hank, played at Illinois State from 1980-84 and was a fourth round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets...The elder Cornley is now a unit manager within the Ohio Department of Corrections...Mother Dorci works for State Farm Insurance...Has two brothers, Lamar, who is older, and Javon, who is younger...Was a high school teammate of former Ohio State standout Ron Lewis on Brookhaven's 2002 state title team...Cornley is a recreation, park and tourism management major.


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