Cushing Academy guard Kaleb Joseph narrows his list to three schools on Sunday. The 6-foot-2 guard lists Syracuse, West Virginia and Providence but has not planned any visits.
All three schools have been present for most of Joseph’s games during the live period. The Providence Friars have been recruiting Joseph the longest of the three schools and has also visited the Providence unofficially this past June. The friars have gotten a recent commit from consensus 2014 top prospect Jalen Lindsey. The Friars have invested a lot into the 2014 recruiting class and have made Joseph a priority at the point guard position. The Friars have New England natives Kris Dunn and Carson Deroisers on the roster.
Syracuse has been in hot pursuit of Joseph during the 2012-2013 season. With incoming frosh Tyler Ennis as the only true point guard on the team, one would think the Orangemen have a good shot at landing the lead guard. Syracuse has had great success recruiting out of New England the past couple with former Brewster Academy play CJ Fair and Ron Patterson currently on the roster. Current Brewster Academy forward Chris McCullough is the Orangemen lone recruit in the 2014 recruiting class and could help shape a great start to a recruiting class if Joseph were to land there.
After using the 2013 recruiting class to land multiple front court players who are in need of a point guard to get them the ball. Joseph steps in as a primary target for the Mountaineers to play that role. Unlike the other two schools that are pursuing Joseph, Coach Huggins has yet to land a prospect in the 2014 class. With Joseph potentially being looked at to step right in and run the show it would be a request most floor generals ask for in terms of being able to run the show as soon as you step on campus.
Joseph breaks down his top three in his own words.
Providence: Immediate minutes from day one, with Cotton graduating it gives me some big shoes to fill.
Syracuse: Specialize in developing guards, they produce pros, and are one of the biggest stages in college basketball.
West Virginia: I like the respect the players have for there coach, players don't play that hard for someone they know doesn't care about them.
There’s no timetable on Joseph’s decision but one thing we do know is that one of the three programs would be landing a good player who is in pursuit of being great.