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.
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Luguentz 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.
Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada
The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.
The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).
The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.
Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.
Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the 2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.
Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.
Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.