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Cory Joseph picks Texas

SNY's Adam Zagoria reports that Cory Joseph will go to the University of Texas to play basketball this fall. On his decision, Joseph said, "There's no 2nds, 3rds, 4ths or 5ths, it was a very hard decision. They all had great coaches."

Joseph claimed that having two of his fellow Canadian AAU teammates on the Texas roster was not a factor in his decision.

Joseph was the fourth strikeout for UConn with the top-rated guards in the 2010 class. Villanova would have used Joseph for point guard depth and perhaps also at the 2, had he chosen the Wildcats. The 'Cats will be set at point guard next season with both Corey Fisher and Malik Wayns very capable of playing effectively on the ball.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Jay Wright should turn his attention to recruiting for the class of 2011. Star guard Tony Wroten, Jr. would be the biggest fish left in that pool (and may be leaning toward joining his friends at UK), but DeMatha Catholic's (MD) Quinn Cook is not far behind as a point guard. Both are considering Villanova (as well as Kentucky) among other options.

Other top 2011 targets for the Wildcats include small forward LeBryan Nash of Lincoln High (TX) and  center Desmond Hubert of New Egypt High (NJ).

As it stands, however, Jay Wright has already lined up two recruits for the 2011 class. Markus Kennedy (Winchendon) was originally set to enroll in the fall, but has opted to spend another year playing at prep school. New York based shooting guard, Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran, also committed to attend Villanova over UConn, Kentucky, Maryland and Wisconsin. Yacoubou is a natural scorer who excels in the perimeter game as well as having a strong body that allows him to be a proficient defender and rebounder.