Texas Longhorns freshman point guard Cory Joseph is following in the footsteps of long time teammate Tristan Thompson in declaring for the 2011 NBA Draft.
All year long we´ve watched Tristan Thompson do work in the paint and play like a true veteran rather than a freshman.
Cory Joseph on the other hand had an up and down year, and one must ask if he’s indeed NBA ready? Despite his struggles we take a closer look. For starters, it’s rare to see a freshman point guard start and play major minutes for a top 25 team.
Texas was ranked in the top 10 for most of the year and had the opportunity to be ranked #1 nation but dropped an unexpected game to the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Joseph, a Canadian with deep roots in Toronto averaged a decent 10.4 points per, dimmed up 3 assists, and windexed the glass close to 4 times, while logging a team high 32.2 minutes per contest.
We all know that stats alone don´t tell the whole story, therefore, one must dig deeper.
Cory Joseph is an all-around talent that has the ability to lock down opposing defenders, manage a ball club and keep defenders honest with his long bombs.
His assists to turnover ratio stands at a respectable 2.02. His season high was five against Lamar University; he also recorded nine games without a single Pillsbury (turnover), including three straight games without coughing up the ball despite his usual 30-plus minutes. He scored a season high 21 points against the early 2012 favorites North Carolina Tar Heels and was an integral part of the Longhorns season-high eleven game winning streak.
Cory Joseph declaring himself for the 2011 NBA Draft is definitely the right choice, his attitude is right, his game speaks volume and worst case scenario he tests the waters to get a better scope of his draft potential and returns to Texas to play with his fellow Canadians since he hasn’t hired an agent.
There´s a lot of buzz regarding the next generation of incoming Canadian Basketball players including Findlay Prep superstar Myck Kabongo, but one thing remains certain, Cory Joseph has proved his worth, showed his versatile skill set and has gotten the scouts attention as a potential NBA Draft pick in only one year with the Longhorns program.
As it currently stands he´s a late first round pick in 2011. One more year of NCAA basketball will recently help refine his game and improve his stock in the 2012 NBA Draft, although, the latter seems to have a heavier guard contigent.
Regardless of his decision, it´s only a matter of time before his name gets called by commish David Stern.
Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes
Canadian Freshman and Syracuse Stud Oshae Brissett added to his growing and impressive highlight package with a massive rack attack and facial dunk on the face of Miami Hurricanes defender. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging a 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and is amongst college basketball finest talents. Brissett has started all the Orangemens’ 27 games to date and has racked up 11 double-doubles in the process. A skilled 6’8″ forward who has stardom written all-over him.
New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash
There’s a new wave of rising Canadians basketball players making an early NCAA splash. Below we take a look at freshmen players that are making their mark on the college basketball landscape. Like previous years, look for most of the names on this list to become household names come March Madness and a select few to continue Canada’s NBA takeover.
Oshea Brissett – Syracuse Orange
Brissett has been arguably the best freshman in college basketball. The 6’8″, 210 lbs forward from Mississauga, Ontario is beasting the opposition, averaging 13.6 points per game, including a team-high 9.2 rebounds (55th in all of the nation.) A true special talent, he has already racked-up four double-doubles in his first eight games, missing two more by just a single rebound. Look for Brissett to continue his torrid start to season as he helps the Syracuse Orange make a run at a conference title in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Although early in the season, Brissett is looking more and more like a true one and done prospect. Expect a green room invitation come June 2018 at NBA Draft.
Lindell Wigginton – Iowa State Cyclones
Looking for stability at the guard position? Well, look no further than Lindell Wigginton. A true versatile bucket getter, with major hops (38″ vertical), he currently leads all Canadian freshmen in scoring at 16.3 points per game while contributing in other aspects with 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is shooting a healthy 46.3 % from the field, 48.9% from three-pointers and has reached double-figures scoring in 7-of-9 games, including a season best 28-points, 7 rebound performance against Northern Illinois. Although, the tougher part of the Big 12 conference schedule remains, it is clear that in less than ten games Wigginton has solidified himself as a go to option in the fast paced Cyclones offensive system. Expect the 6’2″, 188 lbs guard to flourish all-season long as he looks to fulfill is long time dream of playing in the NBA.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech Hokies
Talk about talent. Standing 6’5″ tall, weighing-in at 210-pounds, is Toronto, Ontario freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker. A diamond in the rough find for head coach Buzz Williams and Virgina Tech. The Hokies, traditionally not a prime destination for top Canadian prospects is seeing just how special Alexander-Walker can be early-on. The 19-year-old kicked-off his NCAA career with scoring outbursts against Detroit Mercy (24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Citadel (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and is an integral reason for the Hokies early season success. A knock-down shooter (.529%, FG% .477% 3-pointers) with a 7-footer wing-span Alexander Walker is averaging 14.4 per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. A triple-threat he is comfortable handling the rock as well as, dishing off no looks, as he is scoring.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Kentucky Wildcats
It’s hard to talk about Shai-Gilgenous-Alexander (6’6″, 180 lbs, Hamilton/ON) without mentioning the aforementioned Nickeil Alexander-Walker. After-all, both are cousins, their names resemble each other, their games even more. What-else, they played, dominated and caused headaches for coaches as a dynamic high school back-court duo for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, winning a State title along the way. Now they find themselves on the biggest stage of college basketball doing similar things for highly respected basketball teams. Despite coming off the bench Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 28.2 minutes per game, good for second on a team that also features a bevy of NBA prospects, including Hamidou Diallo, P.J Washington. A efficient natural stat-stuffer he’s averaging 10.1 points, a team-high 4.4 assists per game along side 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
Marcus Carr – Pittsburgh Panthers
A true floor general, Marcus Carr (6’1″, 185 lbs, Toronto/ON) has taken charge and ignited the Pittsburgh Panthers rebuilding offense. Carr’s strong play has propel the Panthers to a early four-game winning streak. The pass-first guard scored a career-best 23 points in a overtime win over St. Mary’s and has scored in double-digits in the five of the past six Panthers contests. Currently averaging 12 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds, including shooting a 48% from the field, 48.1% from downtown and Steve Nash like 921% from the charity stripe. Despite his size Carr is strong enough to finish through contact and loves to gets under your chin with defensive pressure.
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.
Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard. After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.
— Luguentz Dort (@luguentz) October 19, 2017
— Athlete Institute (@AI_Academy) October 19, 2017
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