By Myron Medcalf
Findlay Prep (Nev.) guard Cory Joseph took a recruiting trip to the University of Minnesota Monday, according to his AAU coach, Ro Russell, and a source close to Gophers men’s basketball. The Canadian prep helped Findlay win the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational in April. He’s expected to remain in town for a few days.
Joseph, a five-star point guard on Rivals.com, is the brother of current Gophers sophomore guard Devoe Joseph. He’s at the top of Minnesota’s wish list for the 2010 recruiting class. It obviously helps that his brother is part of the program, however, the younger Joseph wants to go to a school that offers him an opportunity to contribute as a freshman, according to Russell. Joseph’s coach believes that Minnesota will be in the mix for his services.
“Well, every since they recruited Devoe and Devoe’s there and Coach [Tubby] Smith got involved with Devoe’s family, [Cory] has some familiarity with the program,” Russell said Monday. “That’s why he’s up there. To meet the people, to see the campus. He has interest in them.”
But the Gophers have a bunch of point guards. Al Nolen will have a year left after next season. Incoming freshman Justin Cobbs will have three. Football/basketball recruit Bryant Allen is supposed to be in the mix, too, once the football season ends.
Joseph might be better than all three of those guys, but there’s still a large competitive pool at that spot. How will that affect his decision?
“He’d like to go somewhere where he can step in and play right away,” Russell said.
Louisville, Memphis, Ohio State, Cal, UNLV, Texas, UConn, Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, Marquette and Villanova have either offered Joseph a full ride or expressed interest in him. So he definitely has a long list of options.
Although Devoe has expressed a desire to play with his younger brother, he hasn’t pressured him one way or another, Russell said.
“Brothers always feel that they can possibly go to school and play together if the situation fits. … Each wants to have a great opportunity on his own … if the situation works.”
-The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly hired former Lakers assistant and player Kurt Rambis as their new head coach. They never contacted Smith about their opening. Interesting.
-Joel Maturi said Monday that he hasn’t spoken to Smith about restructuring his contract since last spring. Also, university officials are still trying to pinpoint a location and design for a new practice facility.