One of the city’s top basketball players will be playing collegiately not too far from home.
Country Day senior point guard Michael Corchiani committed to Southeastern Louisiana on Monday.
Corchiani’s commitment came on the same day Lions’ coach Jay Ladner offered him a scholarship.
“I love coach Ladner, especially with what he has done for the program so far,” Corchiani said. “It’s close to home, so my parents can come watch me play, and I have a few friends going there.”
The 6-foot Corchiani plans to make his commitment official on April when the NCAA’s regular signing period begins for basketball players.
Corchiani averaged 19.1 points this season for Country Day, leading in the Cajuns to the Class 2A semifinals.
“But the most impressive thing is he averaged seven rebounds,” Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. “He really rebounded well and averaged 2.5 steals.”
Corchiani’s talents didn’t go unnoticed.
He was named co-Most Valuable Player in District 12-2A, sharing the honor with Riverside’s Malik Crowfield. It was the latest honor for the player McGuire calls the “heart and soul” of the team.
Corchiani was named Most Outstanding Player in Country Day’s state championship victories as a freshman and a sophomore.
“What makes him so good is his big heart, and he’s a spark,” McGuire said. “He is a great teammate as well. He will help solidify a unit they are trying to put together. They have some great point guards there already, but he will find his way onto the court somehow.”
Corchiani is the son of former UNO point guard Gabe Corchiani and is the nephew of former North Carolina State and NBA guard Chris Corchiani.
He also drew strong interest from Louisiana- Lafayette and South Alabama.
“ULL wanted me to walk on and then have a four-year scholarship after that, but I decided not to do that,” Corchiani said.
Instead, he’ll head to Hammond.
“I really like Southeastern, and they offered, and I had to accept it,” Corchiani said. “I feel like with their system, I can really contribute and go in as a freshman and help a little bit.”