The Pittsburgh men's basketball staff is still working on putting together its full 2013 recruiting class, yet they have already put some time and energy into the 2014 class.
The rising group of juniors is stocked with playmakers and scorers and Pitt has already made a point to find some solid perimeter scoring options throughout the New England region. One hot target that is sure to garner more and more attention throughout the next several months is standout combo guard, Kaleb Joseph.
Joseph showed off his ability to score the ball in various ways this summer playing with the Mass Rivals AAU program, which is sponsored by Adidas. His team placed well in all of their tournaments throughout the open period and Joseph just recently returned from competing in the Adidas Nations event held in Long Beach, California. Although he was hindered by a wrist injury throughout most of the month and out in Long Beach, Joseph was not shy in letting his competitive fire come to light during competition.
For those whom have not seen Joseph compete, he is a 6'3 scoring guard that is best with the ball in his hands and is one of the top playmakers in the 2014 class. The Cushing Academy guard might have a slender frame, but that does not hold him back from attacking the rim with a vengeance and throwing down a big time dunk.
"I am at my best with the ball in my hands and it would definitely be a bit of adjustment playing more off of the ball," Joseph said. "But, I don't try to just to stick to one position on the floor, but instead be a basketball player and do whatever it takes to help my team win."
Pitt is not the only program that has paid close attention to Joseph over the past few months. He stated that he is being courted heavily by Boston College, Tennessee, Kansas State, Seton Hall, Maryland, Providence, and most recently, West Virginia. He is in no rush to make a decision and has said that he will start paying closer attention this year to how a team's style might fit his. He is planning on trying to take some visits over the next few weeks to those schools that are closest in proximity to him.
Although he does not have a leader at this point in time, Joseph spoke pretty fondly about the Pittsburgh basketball program. After teaming up with ex-Pitt member, Khem Birch, a few years ago in summer ball, Joseph has given some attention to the Panthers.
"Really, it is just a big time program, with a big time coach, and overall, just a great program," Joseph adds.
Pitt fans, Joseph might still be some time away from making a decision, but it seems as if the Panthers will be in it for the long haul in luring Joseph to Oakland.