No timetable for Joseph
One of the players impressing the most during the McDonald's All-American Game practices is Cory Joseph. The Findlay (Nevada) Prep point guard is showing off his total game. Now he is taking a look at his recruitment, and figuring out which school is the right place for him.
At 6-foot-3 and 180-pounds, Joseph has great size for a point guard, with athleticism and skills to boot. That has been on display all weekend long for Joseph at the McDonald's All-American Game.
"It has been a great week so far," said Joseph. "The experience of giving back to charity, going to the hospital, going to the zoo, and practice has been real competitive. The top 24 players in the country are here, so it has been really exciting."
Joseph made a little bit of a name for himself with his jump shot when he came home with the three point shooting championship. Beyond that, Joseph feels he has asserted himself well overall.
"I think I have been doing pretty good," explained Joseph. "I won the three point contest, and I have just tried to get into a rhythm with my game."
From here, Joseph will move forward with his high school team, and then represent Canada in international competition. Beyond those responsibilities, he also needs to find time to figure out his college future.
"After this game I have to go to Baltimore for the high school national championship tournament, and after that I will go to Portland," said Joseph. "At some point I will have to sit down with my coaches and my family and come to a college decision."
While some prospects are beginning to shorten their list, things remain status quo for Joseph.
"All five schools still remain, Texas, UConn, Villanova, Minnesota, and UNLV," he said.
Two schools on his list have significant and obvious connections to Joseph. Minnesota is where his older brother, Devoe Joseph, plays, and Texas is where good friend Tristan Thompson is signed.
"Everybody wants to play with their brother," said Joseph of Minnesota. "Nobody is going to say they don't want to play with their brother. At the same time he wants me to do what's best for me."
About Texas, he said, "I have been playing with Tristan since I was younger. Of course you want to play with someone that you know, it makes the transition easier. At the same time, I have to do what is best for me."
While Joseph doesn't know where he is going, he does know what he will be looking for in a school.
"The relationship between the players and the coaches," said Joseph of what is important to him. "That is a big thing. Style of play is also very important."
Joseph definitely knows what he is looking for, and who he is looking at, but one thing he doesn't know is when he will make a decision.
"Man, I am not sure," said Joseph of when to expect a decision. "I don't have any timetable set right now."