Longhorns Land Cory Joseph

One of the secrets to the success of Rick Barnes’ Texas

teams has been outstanding point guard play, which hasn’t been there on a

consistent basis over the past two years. The Longhorns’ struggles may soon be

coming to an end with Friday afternoon’s news that Findlay Prep standout Cory

Joseph is set to be a Longhorn.
Joseph, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard rated as the

nation’s fourth best floor general by ESPN.com and the No. 16 overall prospect

in the 2010 ESPNU 100, gave the Texas basketball program a huge boost by

committing to Texas over Connecticut, Minnesota, UNLV and Villanova.

Since D.J. Augustin departed following the 2007-08 season

the Longhorns have tried a barrage of different players at the point guard

position with mixed results. Joseph is expected to give the Longhorns a point

guard who can not only push and control the tempo of a basketball game, but a

player who also excels in the half court offense.

Playing his prep ball in Nevada, having a brother at

Minnesota, having family on the East Coast and with Villanova needing a point

guard for next year, Joseph ultimately decided amidst all of those factors that

Texas was the best fit for him.

“I had a great relationship with coach Barnes and all the staff and

players,” Joseph said. “I feel that it’s the best fit for me

overall.”

While the aforementioned connections to the other schools were important

factors, the relationship with Barnes was a factor along with his friendship

with Tristan Thompson. The 6-foot-9 power forward and the lone signee for the

Longhorns ‘ 2010 class played with Joseph at Findlay Prep while the two also

played on the same Grassroots Canada travel team, along with Texas 2011 point

guard commit Myck Kabongo.

Joseph and Thompson played together recently at both the McDonald’s

All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden last

weekend and Joseph is looking forward to teaming with Thompson in Austin.

“It’s good that we’ll be able to play together again,” Joseph

said. “We had a lot of success over the past two years. We won the

national championship twice. We’re going to have a great time.”

In helping lead Findlay Prep to a second straight

National High School Invitational title following a mythical national title in

2009, Joseph averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. With Avery Bradley’s

college future uncertain as he has opted to test the waters of the NBA draft,

Joseph figures to be in line to be the starting point guard along while

returnees J’Covan Brown, Jai Lucas, Varez Ward, Shawn Williams and possibly Dogus Balbay

will round out the Longhorn backcourt as it stands right now.

At any rate, Joseph is hoping to have a major impact on

the Longhorns during the 2010-11 season.

“My goal is

to go in there and hopefully be an impact player,” Joseph said. “I want to play hard and I hope things

will work out for me. I want to get better every day … and be fully committed

to the team and basketball.”

ESPN.com Recruiting Writer Brendan Murphy

contributed to this report.