Hoops Fest: Wolfpack Targets Are Main Attractions

<b>LOUISVILLE, KY</b> Canadian guard Maurice Joseph, who participated in the ABCD Camp last week, drew lots of attention from major college coaches at the Kentucky Hoop Festival Sunday night.

Eddie Ford's Kentucky Hoop Festival, played annually at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, is tradionally a mid to low-major extravaganza.

If you've ever attended the Hoop Fest, you've probably seen lots of coaches walking around the gym wearing shirts that read Western Kentucky, Bradley, Colorado State, to name a few. So you get the picture.

But there's always a few big-time talents in attendance that draw attention from the big-time college programs. On Sunday, 6-foot-5 Lewis Clinch were the headliners.

In the evening, Clinch, from Crisp County, Georgia Tech. Alabama head coach Mark Godfried also observed from courtside.

An athletic guard, Clinch listed Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest and claimed scholarship offers from the Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets, Tigers, Hurricanes and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Spurned by the three major shoe camps, Clinch said he was disappointed when an invite wasn't forthcoming but is using it as motivation on the court.

"I felt like I deserved an invite and could play at those camps," Clinch said. "I played real well at the NBA players association camp and I'm just using the situation as motivation."

Clinch says he doesn't have any current favorites and he's looking for a comfortable fit in college. "I'm very open," Clinch said. "I'm looking for the right fit with a coach that I feel relax around."

But it was Canadian guard Maurice Joseph who drew the biggest crowd of the night.

Joseph, who participated at the Reebok ABCD Camp last week, drew assistants from Boston College, N.C. State, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Ohio State and Stanford. Virginia's Pete Gillen was courtside for both of Joseph's games. Louisville assistant Vince Taylor caught Joseph's afternoon contest.

An athletic slasher, Joseph has a quick first step on the baseline, scores well going to the basket and is a good on-ball defender.


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