D.C.'s Joseph eyeing summer decision

Asked to name some of the schools eyeballing gifted 6-foot-7, 217-pound junior wingman Kris Joseph, Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) coach Clinton Perrow laughed.


"It would be easier to say who isn't looking at him," Perrow said. "It's just about everybody."

Joseph, a Canadian import from Montreal, Quebec, is being courted by an ever-growing list of college programs, from all parts of the country. But he has managed to compile a top-five list that includes a couple of local programs in addition to some national powers.

So who made the list?

"My top five is Syracuse, Georgetown, Maryland, Texas and Michigan," Joseph told TerpSportsReport.com.

The Terps have not yet offered a scholarship to Joseph, who does hold offers from Georgetown, Syracuse and Clemson.

"I think they're on the verge of offering me," said Joseph, who has been to a game at Comcast Center this season for an unofficial visit. "I just have to talk with coach Williams."

Joseph is a do-it-all type who averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game this season while often playing out of position. A natural small forward with excellent ballhandling, shooting and slashing skills, Joseph played the post at times, and manned the point guard spot at others.

"His basketball IQ is so high. He understands the game so well. He does things that other kids, they just aren't doing yet," Perrow said.

He's also been level-headed throughout his sudden rush in popularity.

"I think he's handled it very well. He's not going to be a kid that's overwhelmed by this stuff. He's a very level-headed kid," Perrow said.

That's in part because his brother, Michigan State player Maurice Joseph, has guided him through the process.

"He told me not to commit anywhere until I take my visits," Joseph said, hinting that he may have considered committing to Syracuse sight-unseen at one point. While the Cuse remains his favorite, he wants to spend the summer evaluating his options – when he's not playing with D.C. Assault, that is – and is becoming a Terps fan.

"I think highly of them right now. I really wanted to go to the UNC game. I like the way Maryland plays," Joseph said.

If there's one thing Joseph needs to develop, it's a mean streak. After playing against lesser competition in Canada, he admittedly does not keep up his intensity for every quarter of every game.

"I need to work on [playing all-out] for four quarters and 32 minutes," he said. "And I've already started working on my strength."

Once he gets a bit stronger and more consistent, some school is going to have themselves a heck of a talented player. It remains to be seen if that school could be Maryland.

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