Highly ranked recruit Cory Joseph in town, but will he pick Minnesota?

Posted on August 10th, 2009 – 1:15 PM
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.

-ESPN’s Andy Katz writes about Ralph Sampson III and the pressure he faces as the son of a legend.

16 Responses to "Highly ranked recruit Cory Joseph in town, but will he pick Minnesota?"

Marty McFly says:

August 10th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Andy is right. III has a load he is carrying. Tubby hasn’t appeared interested in coaching in the NBA and, given Rambis coaching record in the NBA, would be the most qualified at present.

I wish young Cory the best. He would be a strong competitor in a powerful field of point guards. He was really good at Findlay.

Marty McFly says:

August 10th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I hasten to add that most highly competitive ballers like to compete against the best for a position. So, I disagree with Mr. Russell to that extent.

If he didn’t want to compete against tough competition, I’m not sure how well he would fare in the NCAA.

Minneapolis Gold says:

August 10th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

myron – seriously. learn how to post a frickin’ story correctly. i am TIRED of having to decipher through all the “coding” language garbage that always gets dumped into your blog posts. come on myron. step it up. learn how to post a story on the star tribune website will you?!

p.s. cory joseph’s visit to minnesota is an “unofficial” visit, which you failed to mention in your post.

(me shaking my head)

Bob Cobb says:

August 10th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

<!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE and then Sid Hartman blah blah blah, do you read what you post?

Arden says:

August 11th, 2009 at 8:01 am

oh man If the gophers could get joseph and barnes along with another big man the gophers would have to be in the mix for a national championship, right?

Jazz says:

August 11th, 2009 at 11:22 am

Good scoop Myron… if there is a spot on the squad for Allen wouldn’t Rodney have to get redshirted?
On a side note: Whats with the talk of Dominique Dawson being a walk-on – I don’t see it happening. Maybe pre-Tubby Time, but not with this group.

Derek says:

August 11th, 2009 at 11:58 am

I don’t know what is more entertaining about badger Myron:

1. He can’ tfind a gas statin in St Paul

2. He thinks Tubby would have some sort of interest in the Wolves job.

3. He can’t post on his own blog correctly.

4. His complete BS rumors about Westbrook transfering.

Myron Medcalf says:

August 11th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Sorry about the issues with the blog. I don’t see the coding junk that you all are referring to. Let me know.

Myron Medcalf says:

August 11th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

To Derek:

1. I’m not familiar with that part of St. Paul, near Holman Field. That’s why I had trouble finding a gas station.

2. I never said Tubby was interested in the gig. I just said that the Wolves never contacted him.

3. Again, I’m trying to fix some of those issues.

4. I didn’t start that one. Someone close to the program told me that.

Jazz says:

August 11th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

To Derek:

1. You are a jackass.

Washburn says:

August 11th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Myron’s a journalist it’s his job to report news that he comes across by, it’s the story not Myron you should be mad at, as the old saying goes “Don’t shoot the messenger”.

Minneapolis Gold says:

August 11th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

the coding junk is still there myron. are you viewing the startribune site from a non-star tribune networked computer? maybe that is why you don’t see it and we do? not sure. it sounds like i am not the only one seeing it though. and this is not the first time it has happened. happens quite a bit actually. i don’t get it when i click on kent or roman’s gopher blogs.

thanks for looking into it. hope you guys can get it fixed sooner rather than later. honestly, having to decipher through all the coding junk that gets dumped into your posts sometimes keeps me from clicking on your gopher blog as opposed to the other ones.

Minneapolis Gold says:

August 11th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

myron – always dealing in unnamed or anonymous “sources” – which a lot of “journalists” seem to want to do these days is an unfortunate trend in the industry.

Myron Medcalf says:

August 12th, 2009 at 7:28 am

I use Firefox. It’s never a problem there. Just clicked on the blog using Internet Explorer. I see the problem. I’ll get that fixed today.

Rejection says:

August 12th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Exactly. Internet Explorer is the problem, not Myron. All the haters need to get a real internet browser, meaning Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, etc. etc. etc.

No more “coding problems” on your screen.

how much should i weigh says:

June 16th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

hey whats your myspace page.