Cornelius Elder might not be as rated as highly as a basketball player as he is as a football player, but he is a future winning high major point guard nonetheless. Elder has been a standout at the adidas Invitational for Team Nashville, and roundball is where his heart is.
Elder has his eyes set on basketball.
Ranked No. 144 by 247Sports in the football class of 2013, Elder isn't far off in the basketball class of 2013. He is an electric 5-foot-10 point guard out of Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High School with a winning demeanor.
Friday night he led Team Nashville to a bracket win with his his dynamic quickness, feel for the game on both ends and his strong leadership.
Already with offers in football from the likes of Ohio State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and others, Elder has his mind on basketball more than football.
"I want to play basketball in college," Elder told 247Sports. "If it were my choice, I'd just play basketball. I want to play big time college sports, so I have to see what happens. If the right offer comes in basketball, I'll just play basketball."
So far basketball only offers have come from Western Kentucky, MTSU, Florida Gulf Coast, College of Charleston and Northeastern. Murray State is also showing strong interest.
Opportunities to play both football and basketball have been presented by Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Once more schools give Elder a look during July, more offers will come. If the right one comes, he will just be a basketball player in college. If it doesn't come, then he will share time on the gridiron and the hardcourt.
Kelly Oubre (2014 small forward)
A 6-foot-7 left hander, Oubre was the one standout for New Orleans Elite on a subpar night for the team. A good athlete with a strong skill set, Oubre scored from behind the arc and with his back to the basket. His overall game is impressive and he is a candidate for five-star status.
Tim Quarterman (2013 shooting guard)
We will list him as a shooting guard, but Quarterman has the ability to play all three perimeter positions. At 6-foot-5 he is extremely skilled with the basketball. Against the Virginia Assault he played a pivotal role in the Atlanta Celtics' come from behind win. He is a three level scorer who also has a feel for passing the ball somewhat in the mold of an Evan Turner.
Memphis has offered, and Josh Pastner was in the crowd watching. George Mason, Georgia Southern and Mercer have also offered. Miami is showing interest.
Look for Quarterman to make a move into the four-star range in the next ranking.
Isaiah Hicks (2013 power forward)
I only caught the later half of the North Carolina commitment's game, but he looked terrific in that segment. He was aggressive on the defensive end, altering shots and grabbing rebounds. Offensively, he finished with authority at the rim. Hicks reminded me of the former Tarheel star Brandan Wright.
Isaac Copeland (2014 combo forward)
At 6-foot-8 and extremely athletic, Copeland is a blossoming star in the 2014 class.
He presently has offers from Virginia, Charlotte, East Carolina and Winthrop. Ohio State, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Miami and Western Kentucky are showing interest.
Jason Boswell (2013 small forward)
At 6-foot-7, Boswell is an impressive point forward type of player. He played primarily point guard for the Ren's and did a tremendous job penetrating and distributing the ball.
Offers are in from Miami, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Seton Hall. Michigan, St. John's and Oklahoma are showing interest.
Zach Coleman (2013 combo forward)
Missouri has landed a promising prospect in Coleman. He is rangy, versatile and has a promising skill set.
Leyton Hammonds (2013 combo forward)
Coleman isn't the only standout forward on the Dallas Mustangs. Hammonds was tremendous Friday night in both getting to the basket for scoring opportunities and knocking down shots from behind the arc.
Soma Edo (2013 power forward)
And then there is Edo on the Dallas Mustangs. A completely freak athlete, Edo dunked everything he could get his hands on. His skill set is quite limited, but he plays with a motor and pursues the basketball and flushes everything he can.
Jeremy Morgan (2013 shooting guard)
Morgan is going to help Northern Iowa win a lot of games. At 6-foot-6 he is a cerebral guard who can stroke both the deep three-pointer and the pull up jumper.
Daniel Hamilton (2014 shooting guard)
At close to 6-foot-7 and a skill set that is dangerously complete, Hamilton is establishing himself as one of the elite prospects in his class. His ability to breakdown the defense and make the pin point assist pass was on display Friday night.
Brannen Greene (2013 small forward)
The Kansas commitment continues to improve his skill set. Shooting is his forte, but Green is rebounding with more focus and improving as a ball handler. With his length, athleticism and shooting ability, he has the opportunity to make money over the long haul playing the game.
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