Joseph Toye talks Meanstreets, NU visit

Joseph Toye talked about his transition to Team Meanstreets, his relationship with Aaron Jordan and his recent Northwestern visit in this Purple Wildcats Insider update.

Joseph Toye enters an offseason of change–both on and off the court.

The three-star class of 2015 small forward has seen his recruiting interest increase dramatically. With many new schools inquiring, he was forced to write down a list to keep track. Notre Dame, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are some of the new faces. It just keeps coming.

Then, Toye made the decision to play for the Nike Meanstreets AAU team. He left the successful 16U Illinois Stars team to challenge himself. So far, he said, the results have been impressive.

"I'm starting to get some of the Nike perks," Toye said. "I was able to go to the Nike Top 100 camp. I'm seeing that I can play against people at the highest level. Every game, I was playing against someone ranked in the top 50."

The Whitney Young (Ill.) standout continues to receive interest from Northwestern. Toye recently visited campus along with former AAU teammate Aaron Jordan, and gave his vote of confidence to Chris Collins.

"It was the first time I got to talk to Collins one-on-one," he said. "He seems like he has a really good plan on building the program up. I feel like he's going to get the players he needs to make it happen."

Which players would Collins need, though?

"He likes a lot of scorers and kids that play up-tempo… High-energy players," Toye said.

It certainly helps that the team also expressed interest in Aaron Jordan. Though the two parted ways on the AAU circuit, Toye loved playing with Jordan, a Plainfield East (Ill.) standout.

They visited campus together, and if they ever united on the hardcourt for college, it would be a potential program-turning reunion.

"We play very well together," Toye said. "I guess [playing together] would be something to look at. When we were, it was a lot of fun."

For now, Toye looks forward to an exciting offseason with Nike. And with his athleticism, that latest list will only grow longer.

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