Jaraan Cornell

Jaraan V. Cornell (born November 22, 1976) is an American former collegiate basketball player at Purdue University,[1] in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Jaraan Cornell
Personal information
Born (1976-10-22) October 22, 1976 (age 43)
South Bend, Indiana
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolClay (South Bend, Indiana)
CollegePurdue (1996–2000)
NBA draft2000 / Undrafted
PositionShooting guard
Career history
2000–2001Gary Steelheads
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Cornell attended Clay High School. Playing for head coach Tom DeBaets, he was a Third Team Parade All-American, finished third in voting for the Mr. Indiana Basketball Award and was a top 30 recruit during his Senior season. He averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds a 3.2 assists a game while leading the team in blocks with 24. He scored his high school career high with 36 points against city rivals Washington High. During his Sophomore season, he led the Colonials with 30 points and onto the 1994 State Championship against Valparaiso, a team led by the state's Mr. Basketball, Bryce Drew, who would later play at Valparaiso University and the NBA. In the state championship game, Cornell completed his team's stunning late-game comeback by swishing a game-tying three-pointer [1] as time expired from the top of the key. He was teamed with South Bend native and former NBA player, Lee Nailon.

College careerEdit

1996–97 seasonEdit

Jaraan received a scholarship to attend Purdue University, where he played basketball for head coach Gene Keady and assistants Frank Kendrick and Bruce Weber. As a Freshman, he averaged 10.2 points a game and recorded a total of 46 steals. He shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc, while shooting 50 percent or better in half of the 30 game in which he appeared in. Along with fellow Freshman Brian Cardinal and Juniors Chad Austin and Brad Miller, he led the Boilermakers to an NCAA Tournament appearance.

1997–98 seasonEdit

During his sophomore season, Cornell appeared in 28 of 36 games and averaged 12.8 points a game. He set a school record while leading the Big Ten Conference with a .500 three-point field goal percentage on the season, breaking Woody Austin's .485 Purdue season mark. On January 21, Jaraan had a career high made 7 three-pointers against Ohio State. He started the opening 25 games until he sprained his left ankle against Indiana on February 10, where he missed the following eight games. Cornell came back from his injury and helped lead the Boilers to a Sweet Sixteen appearance and on to a 28–8 record. He was a Third Team All-Big Ten selection.

1998–99 seasonEdit

As a second straight Third Team All-Big Ten selection and starting every game during his Junior season, he led Purdue in scoring with 15.3 points while also leading the team with 30.7 minutes a game. He connected on 85 three-pointers on the season, which is the program's fourth most in a single season and also set a school record with 245 attempts. He scored a career-high 30 points on February 13, 1999 @Illinois. He led the Boilers to a second straight Sweet Sixteen appearance.

1999–2000 seasonEdit

As a Senior, he started all 33 games that he played and scored in double figures 25 times to lead the team. He was Purdue's second leading scorer behind Brian Cardinal with 12.5 a game and grabbed a career best 141 rebounds on the season. Jaraan led the Boilermakers to an Elite Eight appearance, losing to Wisconsin the third time on the season.

College notesEdit

The silky smooth left-handed shooter, who's nicknamed "J-Kool", became one of the program's most premier shooters. Jaraan left Purdue holding the school record for most three-point field goals made in a career, connecting with 242 treys, while also having the record for most attempts with 656. Only behind Brian Walker, Chris Kramer and Brian Cardinal, he has the fourth most steals in a career with 176 take-aways.

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2000 NBA Draft, Jaraan Cornell was picked up by the Gary Steelheads in the 2000 CBA Draft, along with former Purdue teammates Carson Cunningham and Chad Austin. He played under former Purdue assistant and first-year head coach Frank Kendrick in the franchise's first season.

Coaching careerEdit

He is now a mentor and program director at Heroes Camp in South Bend, IN


  1. ^ Player Bio: Jaraan Cornell. purduesports.com

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