Last week, four-star Kaleb Joseph took the first step toward ending the recruiting process when he cut his list to three. Next, he needs to set up visits and make a decision.
A 6-foot-2 point guard at Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy, Joseph is down to Providence, Syracuse and West Virginia. Ranked No. 56 nationally, Joseph says that all three programs really like his upside.
"I think it's big that I'm not a finished product yet," Joseph told Rivals.com. "They also like that I work hard so I'm going to get there. They like that and my length and athleticism, along with my ability to get in the lane and finish above the rim."
From the sound of it, what coaches like about Joseph is pretty much spot on. He does have good size, he is a good athlete, and he can finish in the lane. He has improved his decision making and appears to have a high ceiling for improvement.
Just as important as what coaches like about Joseph is how he feels about each of his three finalists.
Providence: "They've been recruiting me real hard, and from day one I could step on campus and the team could be mine. That's really intriguing, and they really trust me with the ball. Coach (Ed) Cooley is a good guy, and he's very trustworthy. I really like what he talks about."
Syracuse: They specialize in guards and are really guard-oriented. Obviously they have a hall of fame coach, too. What's big with them is player development. That's what they've talked to me about throughout the whole recruiting process. They've had three lottery picks in the last five years, and coach (Jim Boeheim) thinks he can help me develop."
West Virginia: "Coach (Bob) Huggins is crazy. He reminds me a little bit of my AAU coach, Vinny Pastore. With any coach who coaches that style, the players really have to trust him. That says a lot about him because his players play real hard for him, so obviously he has a real good relationship with his players. That's big time for me."
Now, Joseph -- who just wrapped up an appearance at Adidas Nations -- has to set up visits. He says he will visit all three places officially and it's just a matter of sitting down with his family to set a schedule.
"I haven't seen all of them, but I don't have any officials planned yet," Joseph said. "I want to make my way out to see them all. As soon as I'm done, I want to sit down with my family and set up the visits."
"It's real hard. I just came back from Vegas, and then I went right out to California. It's tough to be with my family, but we'll figure it out."
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