Corn Elder is sticking to his plan to play two sports on the college level just as he did when he led Ensworth to multiple football and basketball state championships.
The University of Miami sophomore, who played cornerback on the Hurricanes football team, made his decision after meeting with basketball coach Jim Larranaga Sunday.
Elder, a Murfreesboro native, and receiver D’Mauri Jones practiced for the first time with the basketball team Sunday.
“One of the keys to our success is game preparation,” Larranaga said. “Corn Elder and D’Mauri Jones can really help us in that category. They are two terrific young men and great athletes. We greatly appreciate (Miami football coach) Al Golden and his staff for allowing them to join us at this time.”
Before leaving Murfreesboro after the Christmas break and returning to Miami on Sunday, Elder had said he was unsure whether he would play basketball and planned to meet with Larranaga.
“I’ll see how I feel once I get back. I want to sit down with Coach, kind of take it from there,” said Elder, who led Ensworth to three football and basketball state championships. “It’s a lot tougher playing both sports because the football season is so much longer in college than it is in high school.”
A knee injury that required surgery during his freshman season prevented Elder from joining the basketball team in 2013-14, though he was listed on the basketball roster.
Elder, who played in every football game at Miami this past season and started in one, will have to fight for playing time on the basketball team.
Transfers Angel Rodriguez (Kansas State) and Sheldon McClellan (Texas) joined the team this season giving the Hurricanes a total of eight guards, not including Elder.
McClellan is the team’s leading scorer (15.4 ppg.) and Rodriguez is second (14.6).
Miami (11-4, 1-1 ACC) travels to Duke today.
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