Cornett will be off to the Irish after
his senior year
News & Notes
By Frank Rusnak
Helping to lead Homewood-Flossmoor Christian Academy to the Christian School state title
and following that up this summer with an AAU National title with his Illinois Warriors
team, success is not often far from Ricky Cornett. Averaging 21 points,
15 rebounds and 4 assists last season for Homewood Christian, the 6'7" Cornett brings
to the table a very physical brand of ball, despite the fact that he has yet to enter a
weight room. The chrome-doomed Cornett will bring his abilities to Notre Dame after his
Breese Mater-Dei's 6'7" rising senior Cole Grapperhaus has
verbally committed to Southeast Missouri State University. A combo forward, Grapperhaus
averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks per game last season for the Knights. Playing
for the St. Louis Eagles, Grapperhaus has helped his stock tremendously the past two
summers at the Adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. A rangy player, Grapperhaus has
the ability to take his man inside or away from the bucket and his skills will be well
suited in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Helping lead his Whitney Young team to the prestigious Morris Shootout title this
summer, 6'7" Marcus White is looking to his future. Orally
committing to DePaul University, White looks to continue the Whitney Young tradition with
the Blue Demons, following in current L. A. Clipper, Quentin Richardson's footsteps.
Forced to sit out most of last season due to injury, White still came back to average 22
points and 13 rebounds.
AAU teammates on the Illinois Wolverines, Bloom Township's Joe Chapman
and Rich South's Brandon Cole have both elected to choose their post high
school destination prior to the start of their senior years. A 6'5" wingman, Chapman
is headed to Marquette to follow in a long line of Illinois players who have, and
currently are still, suited up for the Golden Eagles. A strong and extremely persistent
player, Chapman has developed his outside shot to the point at which he is a serious force
from the perimeter. Cole, a 6'6" power forward, is really coming out of the woodwork
of late. Receiving AAU All-American mention at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida this
summer, Cole has opened up the eyes of Xavier University. Headed to the Musketeers, Cole's
best days are certainly ahead of him.