NEWTON – Chyna Cornwell, who cleared 1,000 career points and rebounds last season as a junior at Newton-Conover High, has made a verbal commitment to Rutgers University.
Cornwell, who at 6-foot-3 has the athleticism to play small or big forward, had a dominating junior season for the Red Devils, averaging 28.3 points and 20.5 rebounds per game for a team (25-5) that won a conference regular season and conference tournament championship.
She posted double-doubles in 21 games, shot 69 percent from the floor had 299 offensive rebounds and 317 defensive rebounds plus 94 blocked shots.
Cornwell led the South Fork 2A in scoring and rebounding last season and was first-team all-state in voting by the North Carolina Association Press and was first-team in N.C. by USA Today and by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA).
She averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds as a freshman and 20 points, 18.5 rebounds and five blocked shots as a sophomore.
The Dick Sporting Goods Classic MVP last year after setting tournament marks for scoring (87 points) and rebounding (78), Cornwell also considered – in no particular order – Duke, N.C. State, Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, Miami and South Carolina – before deciding to attend Rutgers.
Newton-Conover head coach Sylvia White said Cornwell indicated Rutgers won out because of its legendary head coach – Vivian Stringer has 1,000 career wins – and the sisterhood of the program and its tradition of winning.
Stringer’s teams at Rutgers are 480-267 since she came there from Iowa.
Cornwell’s major will be dentistry and Rutgers has one of the top dentistry programs in the country, White said.
“I am very excited for her,” White said. “She has worked very hard as a player to give herself options.
“She has taken her time and visited many schools to make sure she felt good about where she was going to go.
“Rutgers was her choice. She will be playing for one of the legends of women’s basketball… (and for) a very successful coach and program.”
CORNWELL’S VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT: https://rutgers.forums.rivals.com/threads/chyna-cornwell-to-rutgers.177663/