Coming from Canada, Cory Joseph knew that there would be questions about whether or not he was ready to play in the States. Landing at powerful Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep, the 6-foot-2 junior point guard has had little trouble adjusting to the change in competition.
Of course, the competition he sees on a daily basis with his high school squad hasn't hurt.
"Since last year, I think I've improved my strength and my conditioning," said Joseph. "I think on defense I've got a better understanding because I've had to play guys like Avery Bradley and D.J. Richardson every day."
Speaking of Findlay, the easy going Joseph is thrilled to have landed in a program that seems to be preparing him for the next level on and off the floor.
"It's been great. They really make it like college," said Joseph of Findlay. "Not just the basketball, but the academics too. They want you to be a better person, a better student and then a better basketball player. I think that's helped me a lot."
Since first gaining notoriety in the states last summer, Joseph has also fought a bit of an identity crisis. Because of his ability to strip nets from deep and ability to play off the ball, many have labeled him a combo or shooting guard. While he doesn't necessarily care where he gets labeled, Joseph also makes it clear that he's always been a point guard.
"All my life I've played point guard, but some people think I'm a combo," said Joseph. " I think it happens because I can shoot it but I'm alright with it."
Not surprisingly, a rather long list of suitors are willing to recruit him as a point guard. Among the many schools involved are Louisville, Ohio State, UNLV, Memphis, Arkansas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M.
One other school that's involved are the Texas Longhorns. Not surprisingly, Joseph is quite familiar with the Horns. He played with Bradley last year, and future Horns Tristan Thompson (another Findlay player) and Myck Kabongo have been longtime summer teammates.
Not surprisngly, those familiar faces make Rick Barnes' program awfully attractive to Joseph.
"Obviously with Tristan and Myck there and Avery too I'm very interested in Texas," Joseph told Burnt Orange Beat. "They seem to like me a lot too."
For now, Joseph says that he's in no hurry to make a decision. He'll continue working on his game, knock out the SAT and then worry about a decision.
"I'm just taking it all in right now," said Joseph. "I'm worrying more about the SAT right now and then doing some unofficial visits to see how things look before setting up my officials and everything."