Joseph Emerges As Big 2010 Target

The past few weeks have been good for Cory Joseph. He's grabbed the attention of high major coaches in need of a guard in the 2010 class and his list continues to grow.

Cory Joseph's recruitment took off in a hurry.

He certainly had his moments this past spring and summer, but Joseph, a 6-foot-2 lead guard, became a focal point for college coaches after his performance at the National Prep Showcase in late November.

"I've gotten a lot of recruitment since then," Joseph said. "I think it was a real good move for me to come to the states because I'm getting a lot more exposure down here. It was a great move."

The recruiting process isn't new to the Canada native. Joseph watched his brother, Devoe, a freshman at Minnesota, go through it the past few years. Now it's his turn, but still it caught him a little off guard.

"No, I didn't [expect this]," the Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep standout said. "I worked hard and I've tried to get all the recruitment I could get, but it hit so quick I was just like ‘Wow'."

In recent weeks Joseph has received interest from Louisville, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas, Memphis, Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Connecticut, Villanova, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ohio State and UNLV.

"It's still early," Joseph said. "I'm still open to everybody. I'm just taking it all in."

This past weekend Joseph and the Findlay Prep Pilots hit the hardwood at the Marshall County Hoopfest. Up against a talented Montverde (Fla.) Academy team, Joseph helped Findlay to a 66-39 win.

"Our shots weren't falling at first, but then we started getting in sync with our plays and shots started to fall for us and the second half went good," Joseph said.

"The first half I think I played all right, but the shots weren't falling," he continued. "In the second half shots started falling. I got in more of rhythm of the game and I played better."

There were a handful of coaches in Benton (Ky.) taking a peak at Joseph. The only head coach in the building was Rick Pitino, but there were also assistant coaches from Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee there for the final game of the Hoopfest.

For the season Joseph is averaging 12 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. Joseph and Findlay Prep return to action this Thursday at Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines.


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