2005 Focus: Maurice Joseph

Canada has been good to the U.S Basketball in recent years. While the pipeline isn't overflowing with high-major prospects, Canada sends a few prospects a year to college teams. Junior Maurice Joseph is one of the better juniors in his country.

John Dangelas will send one player to Gonzaga, another to Massachusetts and one to Western Carolina next season. The coach of Champlain St. Lambert out of Canada has seen good players come through his program. Even though he'll lose three seniors, he'll still have a horse next year.

Maurice Joseph, a 6-4 combo guard and a junior, has stepped up his play recently and is now averaging 20 points a game. We've already seen him hit a game-winner this year. His confidence is starting to come along nicely.

Joseph is wired to be a scoring guard. He's a good shooter with an athletic build. There's every reason to think he signs a high-major scholarship next year. Some colleges are thinking the same thing.

Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Baylor, Marquette, Xavier, UMass, Georgia and North Carolina State have been in contact.

"The summer is going to be crucial for him," Dangelas said. "He's playing really, really well right now.

"I see him playing both the guard slots but he really is a good scorer. He might be better off playing the two but he can really, really score. He's really doing a tremendous job getting into the paint. He's a real good kid and he's a team leader."

Joseph has scored 31 and 30 in his last two games. His scoring average is approaching 20 a game.

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