Class: Texas Longhorns Freshman
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 185
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
2009-10: 18.8 ppg, 4.9 apg, 6.7 rpg, 2.5 spg (Findlay Prep – Senior)
2008-09: 10.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 spg (Findlay Prep – Junior)
The other half of the Longhorns five-star 2010 recruiting class, Cory Joseph joined fellow Findlay Prep teammate Tristan Thompson in Texas and, as with Thompson, Cory has assumed a large role on the team through the early part of his freshman season.
Despite some growing pains early on, Joseph has emerged as a versatile point guard prospect, capable not only of being a floor leader, but also of contributing with big games offensively, which is something to be said given that forward Jordan Hamilton has been scoring almost at will through the early part of the 2010-11 season.
While not the swiftest of foot, Joseph is an above-average defender and a more traditional, pass-first point guard, who possesses ideal size and build at the position.
Probably the biggest thing that stands out through the first 13 games of Joseph’s freshman season is his development as a commanding leader for the Longhorns on the court and his assimilation with this Texas squad in such a short amount of time.
Although he struggled with his shot through the first few games, Joseph has exhibited accurate range that extends beyond the college three-point arc and has shown the ability and willingness to take the big shot at the end of games. The fact that he might miss a big shot does not deter him from trying again.
Late in November in a game against Pittsburgh, Joseph missed what could have been a game-winning shot for the Longhorns. Faced with a similar situation against North Carolina in December, Joseph iced the game-winning jumper.
Like Thompson, Joseph, as a freshman, has assumed a lion’s share of the responsibilities for Texas and has exceeded expectations thus far not only as a player on the court, but also as a leader and vocal teammate.
Ranked behind the likes of other highly touted point guard recruits such as Duke’s Kyrie Irving, Kansas’ Josh Selby and Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, Joseph has played as well if not better than any of the players mentioned above and is perhaps the best floor general of the bunch.
Given his development through the early part of the 2010-11 season, Joseph could very well position himself as a first-round prospect and could be drafted in a manner comparable to 2009-10 Texas freshman Avery Bradley, who went 19th overall to the Boston Celtics in the 2010 draft.
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