Country Day senior point guard Michael Corchiani always dreamed of playing college basketball.
He moved a step closer to that dream Friday during a ceremony held at the Metairie school officially announcing his decision to sign with Southeastern Louisiana.
The 6-foot guard first announced his commitment to the Lions in late March and will officially sign with the team Wednesday when the NCAA’s signing period begins.
“It’s a great feeling having it all over with,” Corchiani said. “I can just concentrate on the program and what they have to offer.”
Corchiani averaged 19.1 points this season for Country Day, leading in the Cajuns to the Class 2A semifinals.
He was named to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State team, designated as a 2016 co-MVP of District 12-2A, and chosen as the Most Outstanding Player in the championship game as both a freshman and a sophomore.
“Michael was the heart and soul of our basketball team,” Country Day Mike McGuire said. “We will miss the determination, skill, and character with which he led our team. We wish him the best as he begins this deserved and exciting journey.”
Corchiani thanked his family members, coaches, teammates and teachers during the ceremony held in the school’s auditorium with members of the Country Day student body.
“I knew at one point that basketball would come to an end, and I knew college was probably where it would end,” Corchiani said. “So I worked toward that to fulfill my dreams.”
Corchiani also drew strong interest from Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama, but decided to play for the Lions.
“The good news is he’s only an hour away and we’ll get to go see him,” McGuire said. “He has been an outstanding player, but a better person. He was one of the better players in the city. The awards are very nice, but what I like is the work ethic. He came to work every day to get better and to make his teammates better.”