Decision Time Draws Near for Joseph

Maurice Joseph has a much clearer picture since returning to Canada. <P>

After a so-so performance at the ABCD Camp in early July, the 6-foot-4 Champlain St. Lambert (Canada) senior shooting guard responded with a stellar few days at the Kentucky Hoopfest.

"Playing with my own team is much easier than at a camp setting. The camps have a lot of selfishness," Maurice Joseph admitted. "I played real well in Kentucky and when I got back, coaches have been offering and my coach's phone has been going crazy."

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has been up to see Joseph work out – twice. Herb Sendek from N.C. State has been to Canada once in the past week and will go up again on Saturday. UMass, Ohio State, Boston College and Virginia have also made the trek.

Joseph said that Michigan State has the lead with N.C. State right behind. He'll take unofficial visits to both schools in the next 10 days – and he may stop in to Virginia and Georgetown as well. Ohio State, BC and UMass are all under consideration – but appear to be somewhat of an afterthought to MSU and N.C. State right now.

"I want to go where I feel comfortable," said Joseph, who took unofficial visits to BC and UMass prior to July. "It'll be a combination of things – playing time, personnel, coaching staff and how much the school wants me."

"I'm going to print out all the rosters, see who they signed in the offseason and then go down for visits next week," he added. "Then I hope to make a decision as soon as I get back."

Joseph said both the Spartans and Wolfpack have emerged for various reasons.

"Michigan State has one of the top programs in the country," Joseph said. "They've shown me a commitment since Kentucky, coming up five or six times. I really appreciate that – for a school of their caliber to come and see me play in my gym like that."

"But I really like N.C. State's style of play," he continued. "They don't have designated positions. They're interchangeable. I think I fit their system perfectly and I've always wanted to play in the ACC."

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