Whitney Young Magnet HS (Ill.)
Illinois Celtics (AAU)
6-foot-5, 175 lbs.
Well, we've documented his athleticism. The former Junior Olympics participant and current city champion flaunts this quality on the floor. He plays at a consistently fast pace, frustrates opposing dribblers with his length and finishes near the rim. He's the raw talent coaches pay attention to.
Toye is more than your average athletic basketball player, though. He shows off excellent shooting range, beating teams from beyond the arc. When Toye struggles–and he does appear streaky–he relentlessly attacks the basket. On offense, he's comfortable in a variety of sets.
Of course, with his skillset, opponents have great difficulty beating Toye off the dribble. He can leap to block shots–naturally–and has active hands on defense. Toye is a strong two-player with high potential and high energy.
He's also fairly aware of areas in which he can improve. On the AAU circuit and in his senior season, Toye will focus on ball handling and rebounding. The "ball handling" in particular sticks out.
At times, he displayed tunnel vision when driving the rim. That often translates to offensive fouls and missed layups. With improved lateral ability and court awareness, he could make the strides necessary to improve his offensive game. A product of Whitney Young, he'll receive excellent exposure. In recent weeks, teams have picked up their recruitment—and his list includes Northwestern.
He visited campus along with AAU teammates KJ Santos and Aaron Jordan, and met with new head coach Chris Collins. It's an exciting time for the program, and the staff is aggressively pursuing players with high potential.
As noted in our earlier article, he went from winning the city track championship to winning basketball games on the same day— in different states. He has the motor and stamina necessary for success. Now, for Joseph Toye, it's all a matter of the pieces coming together. We're betting they will.
Joseph Toye spoke to Purple Wildcats HERE.