Sunday, July 28, 2013
ESPN 100 PG Joseph cuts list to three
By Adam Finkelstein
ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph (Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy) cut his list to three schools on Sunday night.
The No. 51 overall prospect and No. 10 point guard in the Class of 2014, Joseph held numerous high-major offers but said Providence, Syracuse and West Virginia managed to distinguish themselves.
“Throughout the whole recruiting process, those three schools stood out the most and made it known that I was a priority for them since Day One,” Joseph said.
ESPN 100 point guard Kaleb Joseph has cut his list to Providence, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Ed Cooley, Jim Boeheim and Bob Huggins were all front and center for Joseph last week at the Hoop Group events in Philadelphia, and they and their staffs continued to shadow Joseph and his Mass Rivals team this past week at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.
“I’ve heard a lot of people talking about my ceiling lately, and I think development is going to be key,” Joseph said. “And these are also the three coaches that have talked with me about that and that I trust to help me take my game to that next level.”
Each of the three schools on his final list also has unique things to offer, and Joseph discussed each of his final choices.
Providence stands out not just because it is local but also because the Friars will be looking to replace their leading scorer and starting point guard in 2014.
“Bryce Cotton is graduating and so I would have an immediate opportunity to fill those minutes from Day One,” Joseph said.
Syracuse is a school that has worked hard to develop inroads with Joseph over the last two years and has made an especially hard push in the last two weeks, literally being there every time Joseph took the court.
“They’re a team that really specializes in guards,” Joseph said. “In the last five years they’ve produced lottery picks at that position. That says a lot about them and their ability to develop their guards.”
West Virginia has also been on Joseph for more than a year now, and the Mountaineers seem to be coming on especially strong this month -- with Huggins becoming more visible each passing week.
“Being with (Mass Rivals head coach) Vinnie (Pastore), I know how important it is to have a coach who pushes you,” Joseph said. “And at West Virginia you can tell how much his players respect him and play hard for him, but you can also tell that he really cares about his players, too.”
Joseph will return from Las Vegas to Massachusetts on Monday but will continue his busy summer later this week when he’ll travel back to the West Coast to take part in the adidas Nations event in Los Angeles.