By Evan Daniels
A few years ago Canadian Devoe Joseph was a heavy topic of conversation among college coaches, now it's his brother, Cory, that is getting the attention.
Since making the move from Canada to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, Cory Joseph has become a big topic of conversation among college coaches from coast to coast.
Having played his previous high school seasons in Canada, Joseph says he wasn't getting exposure during his high school season. Keep in mind, he made his mark on the summer circuit with Grassroots Canada, and now is backing up his play on one of the nation’s top teams.
“It’s been a huge difference,” Joseph said. “Since being down here we’ve had a lot of games on Wazoo Sports and we’ve had a lot of nationwide games. A lot more people have gotten to see our games and more coaches have come to see us play. In Canada there’s not a lot of exposure.”
Joseph, a four-star prospect, is getting college attention because he’s equipped with a good-looking shot from long range, has the quickness to break down defenders and can create for teammates.
And the attention for Joseph is mounting as Louisville, Minnesota, Memphis, Georgetown, Connecticut, Florida, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Kansas, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas, UNLV, Marquette, Iowa State and California are all involved in his recruitment.
“It’s going great,” he said of his recruitment. “Since I came [to Findlay] I’ve started to blow up a lot more. It’s been a lot more exposure. It’s going to be great. I’m just trying to start looking at schools and hopefully I’ll take a few more visits.”
Joseph took recent trips to Louisville, Minnesota and Ohio State. He stopped by Louisville prior to participating in an event in Kentucky, while he went to OSU when they played against Minnesota.
“Louisville has great facilities and we got to watch them practice,” Joseph said. “Coach Rick Pitino is a great coach and coach Richard [Pitino] is a great guy. They are just great coaches.”
“I went to the Ohio State versus Minnesota game, so I got to watch my brother play. After the game I checked out the locker room and went around the gym and saw their facilities and weight room and had a brief talk with them. It was nice.”
Having his brother at Minnesota has to give them a slight advantage, but Joseph was quick to point out that he’ll be making the best decision for him.
“I like all the schools,” he said. “I’m just looking for the school that fits me best. It’s not just because my brother is there I want to go there. That’s an upside for them, but I’m looking at all the schools because whichever school fits me best is the one I should go to.”
Joseph certainly doesn’t have a shortage of options, but that doesn’t mean he’s in a rush to come up with a decision. He’s hoping to take a few more visits, before he considers making a commitment.
“I haven’t thought about it that much, but I’m starting to think about it more and more as the season has progressed,” Joseph said. “I have to go on some unofficials, take the SATs and hopefully go on some officials and then figure it out.”