One of the early knocks on the class of 2014 is that it is a bit thin at the point guard position. Among those looking to change that perception is Kaleb Joseph.
A 6-foot-2 point guard from New Hampshire who attends Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy and ranks No. 61 in the 2014 Rivals150, Joseph is having a tremendous junior season.
"Junior so far is going pretty good, I can't complain," Joseph told Rivals.com. "My team is 12-2 so far with two tough losses but we've bounced back tough and we've got a chance to win it all so I can't complain.
"I think I'm playing pretty well. I'm making a lot of shots early which has really helped me. Once I start making shots from outside they have to play up on me and then I can get by and create in the mid range and when I get in the lane they expect me to score so I can dump it off an make the right play."
Known as a good passer with good size, Joseph has upgraded his offensive game. He's also learning the difference between just playing and truly going all out
"Just to play hard every possession, I find myself occasionally taking possessions off or not playing balls to the wall," said Joseph when asked what he's looking to improve. "That's something that needs to get better. It is definitely a talent, a quality that you can't really teach. If you have that coaches will always want you and it will keep you on the floor at the highest level."
What Joseph has learned to do, though, while figuring out the effort side of things -- and to be clear, his effort isn't exactly lacking -- is to play with a clear mind and let things happen.
"I don't think pass first or score first," said Joseph. "I just try to make the right play every time down. I like Rajon Rondo because he's able to take over the game without scoring and his presence on the game is always felt."
Of course, college programs have been very interested in the development of Joseph. He's been on the campuses of both Boston College and Providence and they've both offered along with West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Kansas State, TCU, Syracuse and Seton Hall. More recently, he's heard from Duke, Marquette, Villanova, Florida State, Miami and Connecticut among others.
Obviously, that's a big list and Joseph knows that he needs to get more serious about narrowing things down. He's got a break coming up in February and says that he may take a few visits then. Other than that, he's going to hit the floor with the Mass Rivals this spring and see who is really watching before cutting things down.
In the meantime, he's soaking up as much as he can and trying to get an early list of what he'll be looking for in a college.
"In my mind just watching college basketball I'm starting to get a better feel for what would be a better feel for me and coaching and offense and stuff like that," said Joseph. "As of right now I don't have like a list. I think during AAU season I'll get a feel for it and after that I'll get a feel for who is recruiting me the hardest and where I might like to go.
"They all tell you the same thing, but at he end of the day you have to do what's right for you. I want to go to a program that really gets after it and has good player development because that's the name of the game. I also want to have a good relationship with the coach because he's in charge."