NCAAB Recruiting: Cory Joseph Gets Hooked, Coach Calipari Does It Again

Garrett TuckerCorrespondent IApril 25, 2010

Texas head coach Rick Barnes must have something that the Findlay Prep kids like, as he is closing in on signing yet another player from the top high school program in Nevada.

As of early last week, the 16th ranked recruit in the ESPNU 100, Cory Joseph, remained unsigned and undecided about his future; however, Friday, that all changed.

Though he has yet to sign, Joseph verbally committed to the Longhorns and Barnes, just as high school teammate Tristan Thompson did earlier in the recruiting process.

Not to mention, so did former teammate Avery Bradley, who is now a freshman, but has declared for the NBA Draft this June.

Needless to say, Joseph feels comfortable with his surroundings in Austin, especially with Thompson accompanying him. Who wouldn't be comfortable with all the insights he has had with Bradley and Thompson?

"I had a great relationship with coach [Rick] Barnes and all the staff and players," Joseph said. "I feel that it's the best fit for me overall."

And like Joseph, I believe this was the best place for him to go. He will be able to come in and be a huge part of an already Top 25-caliber basketball team at Texas.

With Dogus Balbay coming off another injury, there are questions about whether he can be effective, so the starting point guard slot should be open for Joseph to step right in and take over.

"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."

While Texas looks to have a decent team next year, they will be young, but if Cory Joseph can make a big, positive impact, they could emerge as one of the best teams the country has to offer come next March.


With Kentucky losing most all of its players to this year's NBA Draft, Coach John Calipari must realize he needs load up for the future, as he has signed yet another 2011 recruit, Marquis Teague, who is ranked as the fourth best junior in the country.

Teague joins the top-rated prospect in the 2011 class, Mike Gilchrist, and they make Kentucky the early front-runner for the best recruiting class in 2011. Yes, it's early, but don't be surprised if Coach Cal captures some more great recruits.

Calipari is known for his stellar point guards that he has coached, which include the names of Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall, and it is obvious that point guard Marquis Teague wants to add his name to that list.

"I just think highly of Coach Calipari [and] the things he's done for guards in the past few years," Teague said. "I'm hoping he can do those things for me."

Teague can easily keep the point guard tree growing as he has the skills and intangibles that pro scouts, and, apparently, Calipari love.

With Gilchrist and Teague, it looks like Kentucky has some more great years in front of them with phenomenal freshman leading the way.

The question is, can they reach the ultimate goal? Can they win a National Championship?

Time will tell.