7/21/20 Cornelius McNary

Former basketball player Cornelius McNary, who played for Purdue in the mid-90s has died.

McNary, 48 of Matteson Illinois, died on July 17. No other details were given.

He played for the Boilermakers from 1991-94 and was a teammate of Purdue Coach Matt Painter. On Painter’s Twitter account, he wrote that he “was saddened by the loss of ‘Corn’. Was a great teammate and even a better person. He will be missed.”

Another teammate, Missouri Coach Cuonzo Martin tweeted, “Lost a teammate & a good man. Big Corn had a beautiful soul.”

According to sports-reference.com, McNary averaged 9.4 minutes and 2.3 points per game in his four-year career at Purdue. His best season was as a freshman in 1990-91, when he appeared in 15 games, averaged 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.4 minutes a game.

Taylor Funeral Home, 63 E. 79th St., Chicago, is handling the arrangements. A spokesperson at the funeral home said on Tuesday that there will be a direct cremation and no services will be held.

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