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Former Butler University Basketball Star Joel Cornette Dies

Last updated on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Former Butler University men’s basketball standout Joel Cornette has died at the age of 35, the university confirmed.

"This morning, we spoke with the Cornette Family, who has confirmed that their beloved son and brother, Joel, passed away early this morning due to natural causes. They are shocked and devastated by this news. The Butler Family also mourns the loss of one of our favorite Bulldogs. Additional information will be released by the Cornette Family as it becomes available. Please join us in keeping the Cornette Family in your thoughts and prayers," said John Dedman, Butler Associate AD/Communications.

Memorial service arrangements will be forthcoming from his family.

Cornette, a 2003 Butler grad, was a starter in all 32 Butler games for the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons, and in his freshman year (1999-2000) he played in 31 games and started in ten. He was a key member of Butler's first Sweet 16 team.

On the court, Cornette helped the Bulldogs to a record of 100-30 in his four seasons. Butler made three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four years, including the program's first Sweet 16 in 2003. The Bulldogs also made the NIT in 2002. He scored 1,100 career points and pulled down 712 rebounds, marks that are 33rd and tenth respectively in Butler history. His 144 career blocks and .544 career field goal percentage also rank among the Top 10 in Butler history.

Cornette was named to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League All-Defensive Team in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03. He earned second-team All-League honors in 2002-03. Cornette served on the Butler coaching staff for the 2006-07 season as the team's coordinator of basketball operations before going to Iowa as a member of Todd Lickliter's staff. Cornette grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, starring for St. Xavier High School. An NBPA-certified player-agent, Cornette served as the Director of Basketball Recruiting at Priority Sports since January, 2012.

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