March 5, 2009 at 8:38 a.m.
A mainstay on the Wildcats frontline for the last three years, Figini will take his ever-evolving game east to Ithaca, New York at Cornell University.
Figini, who is averaging 26 points and 14 rebounds on the year was considering a few MIAC schools, including Augustana, but ultimately chose Cornell, a Division 1 school of about 20,000 students.
Cornell is part of the presitgious Ivy League Conference, which includes Harvard, Yale and Brown. The Big Red are the big dogs in the Ivy League right now, though, in basketball.
Last year, the team won the Ivy League's conference championship, and with it earned an NCAA Tournament bid. This year, Cornell is out in front of the Ivy League pack again and is looking to return to the big dance.
Chisago Lakes Head Coach Herb Jangor said Figini is the first Division 1 recruit to come out of the Chisago Lakes program.
Besides Augustana and Cornell, numerous other Division 1 schools, including the University of Minnesota, wanted Figini to walk-on to their basketball teams.
But, Cornell's academic reputation, as well as their basketball prowess convinced Figini to commit to them on his visit over Valentines Day weekend.
Next up for Figini is the season finale against St. Louis Park tomorrow night, and then the 'Cats hope they can make a run in sections after an up-and-down regular season.
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