Colleges checking in on Toye

Things are looking up for four-star forward Joseph Toye at La Lumiere.

One of the keys to La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere's season is four-star small forward Joseph Toye. The No. 76 overall prospect in the 2015 class is someone filled with potential, and now the athletic forward is looking to take the next step.

Last season as a sophomore at Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young, Toye was a role player who was only asked to give effort and energy off the bench. Now at La Lumiere he is looking to expand his role.

"It was a great experience at Whitney Young, but I think this is going to be a good place where I can flourish," said Toye. "I know I can get a lot better, and I think it should be fun running with these guys."

Living away from home has been a bit of a change for Toye, but it is something he is adjusting to.

"It's a transition but it is good," explained Toye. "I am getting a lot better, a lot stronger and a lot faster, and I am working on my skill set as well."

Recruiting wise Toye has offers from Auburn, Creighton, Iowa, Memphis, Missouri, and Providence. He says many of those schools have stopped by the school.

"Iowa has been up, Illinois, Auburn, Creighton, Memphis is really interested, there are a lot of schools," said Toye.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are definitely making a Toye a priority in the class, and he likes what he sees from the Big Ten program.

"It is a great program," said Toye of Iowa. "I really like their coaching staff and facilities. It is a really nice environment up there."

Also Creighton is working hard to hit the 2015 class in the Midwest, and the Bluejays are becoming a factor in the recruitment.

"Creighton is a good school in the Big East now," said Toye. "Their coaches are talking to me some, and I know they have a real good program."

One school that hasn't yet offered, but is still interested is Illinois. The Illini are closely monitoring Toye, and John Groce recently checked out his open gym.

"(Groce) came up here and told me that he saw my jump shot improve from a lower level to a high level," said Toye. "I think that was big and I know they are interested."

Do not expect any kind of quick decision from Toye. He plans on taking his time and seeing all of his options.

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