The Cornerstone University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the signing of Ben Sheckler, a basketball and baseball player from Sparta High School in Sparta, Mich. Sheckler, a 6'7" left-hander, looks to make big contributions to both the basketball and baseball programs at Cornerstone.
Ben wrapped up an excellent senior basketball season this spring in which he averaged 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while shooting 90% from the free throw line. Still in the middle of his senior baseball season, Sheckler is 4-0 in 27 innings pitched with 48 strikeouts and a 1.03 earned run average.
When asked about his choice of Cornerstone University, Sheckler said, "I chose Cornerstone because I wanted to be surrounded by a great group of guys that like winning and love Jesus. I hope to grow in my faith and mature as a person. I also want to experience a lot of success on the court and on the diamond."
Cornerstone head basketball coach Kim Elders said, "We're very excited to have Ben in our program. He's a terrific young man who is definitely a Cornerstone fit. Ben is a talented player who has so much potential to develop into an outstanding player. We love his size at 6-7 and his ability to shoot from the perimeter. Ben led the area in rebounding this past season, so we know that he can really help us on the boards. He has a lot of skill and also has a very high basketball IQ."
Cornerstone head baseball coach Dave Mitroff said, "We can't wait to get Ben here on campus working with our guys. He is a late bloomer who has turned into an excellent left-handed pitcher. He is a great young man from a great family who will be an outstanding fit on campus and in our baseball program. It will be fun to watch him develop over the next few years and see where he ends up."