Where does Joseph fit best?
Originally Published: March 8, 2010By ESPN Recruiting
While Cory Joseph (Pickering, Ont./Findlay College Prep) is keeping his recruitment close to the vest, UConn, Minnesota, UNLV, Texas and Villanova are the likely favorites. Here's a look at what all five have to offer the dynamic point guard.
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180 | ESPNU 100: 21 | PG rank: 5
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180 | ESPNU 100: 21 | PG rank: 5
|Coach Jim Calhoun has transformed UConn's program into one of the nation's best. The Huskies, who have always featured the point guard, play an up-tempo and aggressive style. They like to wear down their opponents with their press while attacking in transition at every opportunity.||Joseph would fit in and adapt immediately to the Huskies' system. They will be thin in the backcourt with only one returning player (Kemba Walker), so playing time is there for the taking. Joseph has no problems playing as a combo-guard in a two point guard system if he and Walker shared the floor.||UConn has produced as many quality NBA players as anyone in Calhoun's 24 seasons at the helm. Point guards have always been attracted to the Huskies' program. Players like Tate George, Kevin Ollie, Ben Gordon and Marcus Williams all flourished for the Huskies.||As one of the elite programs in the Big East and nationally, UConn commands respect and interest from almost every recruit the Huskies go after. The uncertainty of Calhoun's future and how many years he will continue to coach at UConn could all play a factor in Joseph's final decision.|
|Long considered one of the top coaches in the country, Tubby Smith-coached teams have always been known for playing tough hard-nosed defense while executing intelligently on offense. When he has the horses that can get out and run while playing within his system, he has shown the ability to win it all.||With the departure of senior point guard and leading scorer Lawrence Westbrook, there is immediate playing time for Joseph. Smith has always demanded a lot from his point guards while giving them the freedom to run the team. Joseph has the potential to be the best point defender Smith has coached since Rajon Rondo.||Smith has coached and developed 17 NBA players, including Rondo and point guard Wayne Turner. Although not as athletic Rondo or Turner, Joseph, who would most likely be given the ball from day one, has more game savvy at the same age.||There is a comfort factor at Minnesota because his brother, Devoe Joseph, is a sophomore guard and part-time starter for the Golden Gophers. The opportunity to team with his brother to see how far they can take the Minnesota program could be an intriguing option.|
|The Rebels like to get up and down the floor in transition and are also known for locking up their opponents playing tenacious defense. They execute in the half court, taking care of the ball on the offensive end and looking to score off quick hitters and sets.||Joseph would be a great fit in UNLV's pro-style offense. His size and ability to defend his position would have an immediate impact within the program. He loves to have the ball in his hands and knows how to direct the offense.||Coach Lon Kruger's success at developing top talent, coupled with his experience as a former NBA head coach, is attractive to potential recruits. He also has a great demeanor with his point guards, giving them the freedom to run the team.||Located in greater Las Vegas, Findlay Prep is an easy target for UNLV to recruit. Coach Michael Peck was on Kruger's staff before taking the reins at Findlay. Although he's from Canada, Joseph is accustomed to the atmosphere in the desert and may feel comfortable in the place he called home the past two seasons.|
|Rick Barnes has developed the Longhorns into an elite program. Texas is a deep team that plays an up-tempo style, and it wears down opponents by coming at them in waves. They have a balanced attack, blending a wide-open transition game and half court sets with inside touches.||Joseph will fit in perfectly with the Longhorns because they need a point guard with size that can excel in transition and defend. His ability to score from the point will also be a positive in the Longhorns' attack that will keep defenses honest.||Barnes has had a great track record with point guards moving on to the NBA. Notables such as D.J. Augustin and T.J. Ford were featured players who developed and thrived in the Longhorns' system.||Current Findlay Prep teammate and fellow Canadian Tristan Thompson has already signed with Texas. Throw in the fact that former Findlay backcourt mate Avery Bradley is already in Austin, and it's easy to see the draw of putting together the nucleus of a team that won a high school national championship.|
|Jay Wright has developed a versatile up-tempo system that plays a traditional style with two posts or four guards. They have had success spreading teams out, attacking off the dribble from all four perimeter positions and forcing matchup problems for most bigs.||Under Wright, the Wildcats have always featured strong guard play. With his excellent ballhandling skills, Joseph would fit in perfectly in their four guard attack. With the departure of guards Scottie Reynolds and Reggie Redding, Joseph would have the opportunity to compete for playing time immediately.||Villanova has had success attracting and developing guards that have gone on to the NBA, including Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye. Villanova's recent success has allowed them to sign elite talent, which should continue its NBA trend.||Wright is an excellent recruiter that is known as a player's coach. Playing in NBA cities during Big East conference play is a natural draw to Canadian players. Maalik Wayns will be only a sophomore, but Wright always seems to find a way to get his best players on the floor.|
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