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Shrewsberry lands first transfer in Gardner-Webb guard Jaheam Cornwall

Photo from Gardner-Webb Athletics: Jaheam Cornwall

Micah Shrewsberry has landed his first pickup from the transfer portal at Penn State, as senior guard Jaheam Cornwall from Gardner-Webb announced Friday afternoon that he’s transferring to PSU.

Cornwall is a 6-foot guard who averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season for Gardner-Webb, which plays in the Big South Conference, along with the likes of Winthrop, Radford and Campbell.

Cornwall is a good shooter, hitting 43.8 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from 3 and 81.0 percent from the foul line this past season.

Photo from Jaheam Cornwall InstaGram

Cornwall would appear to be coming in to back up Sam Sessoms at point guard for the Nittany Lions. And he would give the team a good scoring option off the bench, while Sessoms also should be a good scorer at the point guard spot.

The Lions will need scoring, with the departures of leading scorer Myreon Jones and second-leading scorer Izaiah Brockington.

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Cornwall is from Brooklyn and has been a key contributor for four years at Gardner-Webb. He averaged 13.1 points as a junior, 6.2 as a sophomore and 7.7 as a freshman.

Here’s more information on Cornwall, from his Gardner-Webb bio page:

Preseason first-team All-Big South Conference selection … Is the third-best returning three-point shooter from last season at the Division I level nationally … Veteran point guard with exceptional court savvy, vision and feel … Capable of playing off the ball as well … Has played in 94 career games with 46 starts over three seasons … A career 43.0 percent shooter from three-point range entering the 2020-21 season (166-of-386) … Career 72.5 percent free throw shooter (108-of-149) … Enters fourth season with 846 career points, 275 career rebounds and 269 career assists.

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2019-20 at Gardner-Webb: Started 31 of 32 games played in the backcourt … Played the point guard position for much of the season through February, but slid over to play off the ball late in the season with success in both roles

2018-2019 at Gardner-Webb: Started 11 games of the season’s final 12 games, including all four postseason contests … Saw action in all 35 games … Team was 8-3 during his 11 starts

2017-2018 at Gardner-Webb: Named to the Big South Conference All-Freshman Team … Played in 27 games and started the final four games of the season at point guard … Averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game

High School: Played final two seasons at national power Putnam Science (Conn.) Academy under Coach Tom Espinosa … Earned third-team All-New England honors following the 2016-2017 season … Ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the Class of 2017 in Connecticut … A second-team All-League selection … Led team to the National Prep Championships Final Four and a 37-5 record

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