Commentary

Horns add Texas-sized talent

Originally Published: April 23, 2010
By Paul Biancardi | ESPN Recruiting

In Texas everything is big. With that, Rick Barnes' Longhorns made big news when they added point guard Cory Joseph (Toronto/Findlay Prep) to their 2010 recruiting class.

In recent years Texas has had some issues finding a capable point guard. With Joseph committing to the Longhorns, that won't be the case this coming season.

Joseph has been a combination guard his whole life. He has an old-school skill set and a high basketball IQ. He has proven to be one of the elite point guards in the Class of 2010.

In a loaded class of lead guards, Joseph is probably the best 3-point shooter. With that said, he can knock down the midrange jumper, get to the lane and use his floater and get to the rim and finish. He passes off his dribble penetration well and plays with his head up. He understands how to draw a defense and deliver a scoring pass. He's an excellent defender with the ability to lock down some of the top perimeter players in the country.

I love Joseph's versatility. He is very good at rebounding defensively -- because of his great size for the position, at 6-foot-3 -- and busting out to take the ball coast to coast. As far as intangibles, Joseph has a big heart and he has great confidence in himself.

Playing for Findlay Prep the past two years with guys like Avery Bradley, D.J. Richardson and Tristan Thompson, also a Texas commit, Joseph is battle tested, and most of the time he comes out on the winning end. He starred on a team that won back-to-back National High School Invitational championships. When Bradley, the No. 1 recruit in the 2009 class, left Findlay, Joseph filled his shoes and did a fabulous job.

Findlay Prep's Mike Peck has done a tremendous job of coaching Joseph into a more complete point guard. Now it's up to Barnes to carry that torch. Barnes and longtime top assistant Russell Springmann have done a remarkable job making Texas basketball an elite program. They excel at developing players and coaching to their strongest suit.

Joseph has a chance to go in and make a big difference at Texas. When you look at Joseph and Thompson you have a duo that should help Texas stay in the Big 12 title hunt.

This is a big get for Barnes, as Joseph helps solidify the Texas backcourt. Joseph is likely to spend most of his time at the point, but, if needed, he won't have any trouble sliding over to the 2-guard because his ability to score is natural. Texas is adding a guy who will immediately contribute.

This is one of the best two-man recruiting classes in the country. Sure the Longhorns have just two recruits, but very few programs are bringing in two prospects who played in both the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.

Paul Biancardi is a veteran of the coaching ranks with years of college experience. He has recruited on a national level with stops as an assistant coach at Boston University and Boston College, associate head coach at Ohio State and most recently as an assistant at Saint Louis University. Biancardi was head coach at Wright State University from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He is a selection committee member for the prestigious McDonald's All-America Game and the Gatorade Player of the Year award.

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