2008's Joseph Fulfills A Dream

Kris Joseph was on the market, but not for long. On Monday, Scout.com's No. 26 junior, took an unofficial visit and ended his recruitment as he'll play in the Big East.

A few months ago when we first bumped into Kris Joseph, a standout junior from Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll, he professed how much he loved the Syracuse program. Even his email address contained Orangeman connotations.

Well, beginning in the fall of 2008, Joseph will upgrade his existing account to an actual email address provided by the university. On Monday, during an unofficial visit to Syracuse, Joseph told Jim Boeheim and assistant Rob Murphy that he'll play his ball in the Carrier Dome.

"I wanted to go pretty bad," Joseph said. "I knew it from the start. I loved Syracuse from when I was a little kid. When my man Carmelo went there it made me want to go there even more!"

Joseph's story in an interesting one. He's a native of Canada, has a brother playing at Michigan State but somehow took a liking to Syracuse. Why? How?

"I had a satellite, that's what really did it," Joseph said. "We could watch all the college basketball games. They're on TV a lot back (in Canada)."

If the Orangemen are big in Canada, then expect Joseph to be a big hit. Scout.com's No. 26 prospect in the Class of 2008 is a riser. He's a player we frankly don't know a ton about but hedged our bets after seeing him in person and doing research on his situation.

As the spring motored along, we hypothesized that more and more programs would see him, fall for him and make him a priority. He's playing with the highly visible D.C. Assault club and that never hurts. However, Syracuse wasn't about to let a player with athletic abilities, passing acumen and great wing size showcase his wares for all to see.

Instead, Murphy and the staff moved quickly to lock Joseph down.

"Georgetown had some run but I knew in the long run I would follow my heart and that's to Syracuse," Joseph said. "The fact that a lot of the forwards do well (helped) They succeed at their program. That's the type of player they like – big guards that can do it all."

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