Expected to take over the point guard position for the Illinois Wolves 17-under squad, 2009 prospect Joseph Bertrand of Sterling (Ill.) High School has a chance to be an elite player according to Wolves coach Mike Mullins.
"Joseph is a lot like Evan Turner at this stage of his career, but he is a better athlete than Evan," said Mullins. "Joseph has big time hops and has great feet. He is actually one of the better tennis players in this area.
"His basketball IQ is top notch, and he handles the ball well and gets to the hole. His first step and closing speed are exceptional. His mid-range scoring is very good, but he does need to improve his three-point range."
Although Bertrand is young, Big Ten schools are quite aware of his abilities. Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue have evaluated him this month. Iowa is also involved.
Still not even 15 years old, Bertrand already has offers from Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Bradley.