Rick Barnes and the Texas basketball staff put together a strong two-man class of 2010 by landing commitments from ESPNU 100 selections Tristan Thompson (March 2008) and Daniel Bejarano (November 2008). While those two alone would make an outstanding class Barnes and his staff are not done as they try to add to a class currently ranked as the eighth best in the country by ESPN.com and over the weekend the Horns hosted Findlay (Nev.) Prep guard Cory Joseph, who currently ranks No. 30 on the ESPNU 100.
Joseph, rated as the sixth best point guard in the country by ESPN.com, was accompanied to campus by his Findlay teammate and good friend Thompson (see Tristan Thompson: ‘It’s never disappointing when I visit Texas’).
Overall Joseph was pleased with his visit to Texas, which included a trip to DKR on Saturday night to see the Texas football team’s 34-24 win over Texas Tech.
“It went great. I got along with the players well,” Joseph said of his visit. “I met with the coaches and that was good. The football game was nice. The fans were great. I had a good college experience.”
A 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, Joseph also boasts a 6-6.5 wing span. He ran the point for an undefeated Findlay team last season playing in the backcourt with current Texas freshman Avery Bradley. The Texas connections to Joseph go even further than Thompson and Bradley as Joseph is also AAU teammates with 2011 Texas commit Myck Kabongo.
Bradley and Joseph have remained friends and Bradley, the No. 1 overall prospect on the 2009 ESPNU 100, hosted Joseph on his visit.
“Avery said he loves it at Texas,” Joseph said. “He said when he visited (Texas Elite Camp 2008) he knew Texas is where he wanted to be. He likes the people at the college and his teammates.”
In addition to getting to spend time with a former high school teammate in Bradley, Joseph also met with Barnes.
“Man, he’s a great guy,” Joseph said. “He’s cool, down to earth and honest. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear.”
Joseph offers a unique skill set at the point guard position with his ability to run a team from the point and put the ball in the hole. Joseph said there are several factors that will go into his decision about where he will attend college.
“I’m looking for the best situation for me is going to be style of play, the coaching staff and the feeling I get around a program,” Joseph said. “I want to go to the place where I get better, not just the place that is the easiest to play. I like to get up and down and play the ball screen game.”
Being one of the top uncommitted point guards in the country Joseph has some of the top programs in the country after his services. He recently had in-home visits with Villanova, UConn, Minnesota, Kansas, Marquette, UNLV, Texas, Arizona and Mississippi State.
Joseph has some solid connections to Texas but also to other schools like Minnesota, where his brother Devoe is a sophomore guard for Tubby Smith’s Golden Gophers. The Horns and Golden Gophers are two schools in the hunt for Joseph’s services along with Arizona, UConn, Marquette and Villanova, among others.
Joseph does not currently have any other visits lined up and does not have a timetable set in stone on when he would like to make his choice.
“No sir, I don’t have any other visits set up. I’m going to have to sit down with my mom and coaches and take a look at other visits by the end of the week,” Joseph said. “I’m not sure how many visits I will take. However many I take, I’ll decide when I feel really good about a situation along with my mom.”
While Joseph and Thompson embark on their mission for a second straight undefeated season at Findlay, their former teammate Bradley will be a part of a very talented team at Texas this season and Joseph thinks highly of what the 2009-10 Horns will bring to the table.
“I think they’ve got a lot of good talent,” Joseph said. “Texas has a chance to be really good. I think they can all play.”
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