Findlay Prep point guard Cory Joseph committed to Texas on Friday. The basketball staff expects to receive the national letter of intent next week.
“I made my decision. I’m back in Toronto, so I had a chance to communicate with my family, go in depth about it,” Joseph told Rivals.com. “I just felt like Texas was the best fit for me.”
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound, five-star recruit was ranked as the nation’s seventh-best overall prospect. Rivals.com reported that he chose Texas over Villanova, Connecticut, Minnesota and UNLV.
“It was mostly the relationship I had with coach [Rick] Barnes,” Joseph said about his decision. “I have good relationships with all the coaches, but my relationship with Coach Barnes fit me best.”
Joseph, along with Findlay and now-Longhorn teammate and lifelong best friend Tristan Thompson, will move to Austin in early June and will be in the mix for immediate playing time. With Avery Bradley thinking about entering the 2010 NBA Draft, Joseph fills a big need for the Longhorns in the backcourt.
“It’s definitely a relief to put the recruiting process away,” Joseph said. “Just knowing I found the one for me, it’s a blessing. It’s a relief.”
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team lost a recruiting battle with Texas for All-America point guard Cory Joseph, who announced his decision Friday to play for the Longhorns next season.
Minnesota dreamed big in hoping to land Joseph, a senior at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and the seventh-ranked player nationally by Rivals.com. The Gophers tried to sell him on reuniting in college with his older brother, Devoe, a sophomore guard on the team. They also tried to persuade the younger Joseph by signing his childhood friend Maurice Walker, a center from Canada, but it wasn’t enough.
“I wish all the best to the program,” Joseph told the Pioneer Press on Friday. “(Devoe Joseph and Walker) know I wish all the best for the both of them.”
But Joseph decided instead to play with his high school teammate and fellow McDonald’s All-American Tristan Thompson, who already had signed with Texas. The Longhorns also had received an oral commitment from Canadian guard Myck Kabongo, who will be part of their 2011 class.
“I have my brother at Minnesota and my friends at Texas,” Joseph told Rivals.com. “Who wouldn’t want to play with their brother or with their friends? So in the end, I just had to go where I thought it was the best fit.”
“I like the style of play at Texas, the way they get up and down the court,” he told the recruiting site. “There is a great opportunity at the point guard position.
And coach (Rick) Barnes is a great coach and we have a great relationship.”
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith would have two scholarships available if point guard Justin Cobbs transfers. The 2010 recruiting class includes Walker, Nebraska center Elliott Eliason, Tennessee guard Austin Hollins and Latvian forward Oto Osenieks. But Smith needs a point guard, and there aren’t many legitimate options left in the late signing period.
The Gophers had no choice but to wait for Joseph to pick a school. And it’s uncertain now whether the Gophers will sign another player to this year’s class. But they still could add last year’s top recruit, Royce White.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Smith met Thursday with the former freshman forward who quit school during last season after being suspended for legal issues. White, Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball last year, asked about rejoining the team, but no decision has been made.
Canadian Addison Patterson commits to Oregon Ducks
Canadian shooting guard Addison Patterson (Milton, Ont.) has committed to the Oregon Ducks.
The 6’7″, 205-pound guard from Bella Vista Prep in Arizona reclassified from the class of 2020, opting to fast track his NBA aspirations by committing to Dana Altman and the Ducks.
Patterson averaged 17 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Canada at the 2018 U17 World Cup in Argentina.
The four-star versatile wing is two-time Biosteel All-Canadian – In 2018, as 16-year-old and the youngest player on the court he point-up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and took home the MVP award at the 2019 most valuable player award — dropping a game-high 24 points in 22 minutes, adding, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 8-of-15 shooting.
The the recently turned 18-year old Canadian joins NCAA College Basketball’s top recruiting class that also boasts five-star recruits in center in N’Faly Dante and small forward C.J Walker. Oregon bowed out in the Sweet 16 to 2019 NCAA champions Virgina Cavaliers.
Patterson also averaged 16.5 points per game on the AAU circuit with Team WhyNot and had various offers including Florida, Arizona State, Illinois and Iowa, Oklahoma, Syracuse and more.
The Ducks have produced two recent Canadian NBA products in Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) and have been scooping-up Canadian basketball talent – earning commitments to the Ducks program from the likes of Abu Kigab (St. Catharines), Dylan Ennis (Brampton), Kenny Chery (Montreal).
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
James Naismith Classic NCAA triple-header to feature big names
For the past 20 years NCAA basketball teams have been making the trip north of the border to take on Canadian U Sports teams in early August as part of the NCAA vs. U Sports exhibition series.
Now it looks like we are ready for the next step — regular season, non-conference games between NCAA schools on fertile Canadian basketball
According to multiple reports, and now
Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame — the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10) will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big 10). The Buffalo Bulls (MAC) will face the Harvard Crimson (Ivy) and the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) will square off against the Pac 12 champions Washington Huskies.
A total of six Canadian’s could be featured in the marque homecoming event including, Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi (Rexdale, Ont.), Harvard’s Danilo Djuricic Brampton, Ont.), and Luka Sakota (Oakville, Ont.). The Crimson also features Ottawa, Ont. duo
Omoruyi a 6’7″, 234-pound bruising senior forward is coming off of his best season — leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounds at a respective 13.8 and 7.2 per game.
Noah Kirkwood (6’7, 215 lbs) guard had a productive freshman season with 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists as the Crimson (18-11, 10-4 Conf) just missed out on the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament with a close loss to Yale in the conference title game.
The Buffalo Bulls’ are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history with an outstanding 32-4, 16-2 record and a six-seed in the West region.
The marquee match-up pits the Tennessee Volunteers against the Washington Huskies. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a strong 31-6, 15-3 campaign for head coach Rick Barnes – bowing out to Purdue in the Sweet 16.
The Huskies, although not a traditional Canadian destination, will become the first NCAA men’s basketball team to make back-to-back trips to Canada.
In 2018 the Vancouver Showcase tipped off — bringing four NCAA men’s (Washington, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Texas A&M) and eight women’s basketball team’s to the west coast of Canada — marking the first time NCAA division one games played in Canada counted as non-conference records.
With Toronto continuously out-churning the mecca (New York City) and other traditional American powerhouses for quality NCAA and NBA basketball prospects — it makes more than dollars and cents — much like the Empire Classic — to ensure that the northern city that never sleeps has it’s annual NCAA regular season dosage.
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