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Cory Joseph Update

cory-josephMarcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press reports that Nova 2010 target, Cory Joseph, is visiting Minnesota this weekend. What should cause concern among VUHoops readers is that Cory’s brother, Devoe, is a sophomore guard at Minnesota. "They were teammates growing up, most recently on Canada's top high school team two years ago. Cory said his mom would love to see her sons reunite in college. Devoe also wants his brother alongside him again." Fuller says that "a lot works in favor of the possibility of Gophers coach Tubby Smith adding the five-star Findlay Prep (Nev.) point guard to highlight his 2010 recruiting class. But Cory Joseph apparently doesn't feel pressured to decide this weekend while on his official trip to Minnesota's campus" He reports that seven schools remain on his list: Minnesota, Connecticut, Villanova, Texas, Florida, Nevada-Las Vegas and Mississippi State.

"I'm not sure yet; I'm going to make the decision when I feel 100 percent sure," Joseph said. "At the end, I just have to make the decision that's best for me. But, of course, playing with my brother and playing for coach Tubby would be nice." Joseph, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior, would be the highest-rated recruit to join Smith since he left Kentucky. Rivals.com rates Joseph the seventh-best player nationally and third best at his position in the 2010 class. He led Findlay Prep to a 31-0 record and national title last season. He also dominated several AAU tournaments this past summer. A reliable three-point shooter, crafty ballhandler and lockdown on-ball defender, Joseph could contribute immediately in a major Division I program. "He's a consummate point," Findlay assistant coach Todd Simon said. "You put the ball in his hands, and he makes things happen. He's just a winner. He can beat you in a variety of ways. But if you surround him with elite talent, he makes everybody around him better."

Playing with Devoe would be a great fit, Cory said. "I always know where he wants to catch the ball, where he wants to spot up," he said. "He knows where I'm going to be, so we just have great chemistry playing together for so long. Whoever gets the ball can run the point or the two guard." "We're working on him," Devoe said about getting his brother to be a Gopher. "We always had a great relationship playing basketball together, hanging out together. We had a real strong bond. It would be great to have him here right beside you, but you also want what's best for him."