Devoe Joseph Awaiting Word from NCAA

Devoe Joseph, a 6-foot-3 guard from Ajax (ON) Pickering who committed to Minnesota in November, is still awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse, according to Grassroots Canada coach Ro Russell. Joseph picked Minnesota over Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Joseph is expected to have a significant role for the Gophers this year. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Russell to learn the latest.

Devoe Joseph shined as a member of the Grassroots Canada AAU program, leading them to the Pittsburgh Jam Fest title, catching the eye of then-new Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith. Minnesota was one of the first schools to show interest in the talented Canadian, which was a big factor in the Gophers landing the talented guard.

Russell said that Joseph is hoping to be at Minnesota soon.

"He is still waiting for the clearinghouse," Russell said. "He should be done in a day or two. He should be ready to go. He should be good anytime soon."

Russell said that being a Canadian player sometimes means a more difficult time getting through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"With international kids, the NCAA sometimes wants more information."

Canadian players have occasionally had a hard time getting through the Clearinghouse. Iowa signed Canadians Nathan Skinner and Jamie Vanderbeken a few years ago, but neither played qualified. Skinner played at Tallahassee Community College and never played Division I basketball and Vanderbeken attended Tyler (TX) CC and will be a junior at Iowa State.

Joseph had a busy summer, playing for the Canadian junior team. This prevented him from arriving at Minnesota earlier, according to Russell.

"It was too late for summer school," he said.

Russell said that Joseph is a true shooting guard, but with the lack of depth at point guard, he will likely play some time at both spots.

"He can play both the one or two," Russell said.

Russell told GoldenSports.Net last November that there were several factors in him picking Minnesota.

"It was a combination of things. Most important was to get to know Coach Smith really well. They were in early in the recruiting process and the family felt very comfortable with the staff. After he shined in Pittsburgh, Coach Smith came up the next day. He came twice in April, twice in July and twice in September," Russell said.

"He was comfortable and familiar with the coaching staff from Day One. Coach Smith and Coach (Vince) Taylor did a good job recruiting him. Coach Smith has had success with foreign players and getting players to the NBA."

Russell said that Joseph thinks he can help the Gophers right away as a scoring point who can play both guard spots.

"He can help build a program with a coach who had success elsewhere," Russell said.

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