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Michigan State's conspicuous absence from Kris Joseph's top list of schools
might seem surprising to some, but as he told ScoutHoops.com's Dave Telep in
an interview last month, his brother's team just isn't a good fit. “They
wanted to (recruit me) but they recruited so many players for the class coming
in it wouldn’t make any sense for me to go there,” he said.
The same thing can't be said for the Spartans' intra-state rivals. Michigan has been showing steady interest in Joseph for months now, keyed by the recruiting efforts of assistant Mike Jackson. The Wolverines' interest was recently ratcheted up notch when Tommy Amaker made his way down to his old stomping grounds to see Joseph in action, and the youngster has definitely taken notice.
"They really like my game," he said. "They think I could really help the program because of what I can do on the court. I can pass the ball pretty well, I can score. They feel like I make the people around me better. They're really high on me. I speak to Coach Jackson a lot via text message."
Joseph's prior familiarity with the Maize & Blue has really helped their early standing with him. As it turns out, he is a long time fan of a former Wolverine and has really taken a liking to the style of play exhibited in Ann Arbor.
"I knew about Michigan because Jamal Crawford is one of my favorite players in the league," Joseph said. "I know about the Fab Five. Everybody knows about them. But Jamal Crawford was what really made me start liking Michigan. I think highly of the Big Ten already because I know they've produced a lot of NBA players. I know it's a competitive tough league. With Michigan, I like the way they rip up and down the court. I actually saw the Michigan - Michigan State game. That alley-oop pass against Michigan State…that showed me that they really want to get up and down. They play an up-tempo style of basketball. I don't think I've seen them run a bunch of actual sets. They play how I want to play."
For the time being, Joseph is content taking a wait and see approach with his recruitment. He wants to take a closer look at his growing list of suitors so he can determine which ones best fit his criteria for what he wants in a school.
"I want to take my official visits before I make a decision," said Joseph. "I spoke to my brother, my trainer, and my parents about it and they think the best thing is to take my visits… and based on how I feel, I'll just know what school I want to choose. I'll just feel it. I'm going to be looking at the way the team accepts me. One of the things my brother said was when he went to Michigan State, they welcomed him like a brother right away. I want to see how the teammates are going to be treating me. I want to have good teammates and good chemistry. Playing time will be a factor as well. So will the school history. I'm already far from home, so distance won't be a factor."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Joseph in the coming months. To view Dave Telep's prior report on this talneted youngster, click here.