Nashua, NH point guard Kaleb Joseph took visits to three New England schools: Boston College, UConn and Providence. But two of them have been knocked off his list, and Syracuse is on it. The 6’2″ guard from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA has whittled his final three to the Orange, Providence and West Virginia.
While he’s only ranked in the 50’s overall nationally by scouting services in the Class of ’14, don’t be fooled. He’s rising, and plenty of schools believe they are buying low on him.
Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports wrote this about him just days ago in his Vegas Notebook:
“His skillset is nowhere near finished. He’s somewhat raw as a floor general right now, but his tremendous athleticism and attack-mode mindset make his ceiling higher than some players ranked higher than him. It’s just a matter of fine-tuning certain aspects of his game.”
The Orange already have a standout point guard coming in this year in Tyler Ennis. But the NBA-machine of guard play that SU has turned into means you can never have enough talent in the backcourt. Jonny Flynn left early. Dion Waiters left early. Michael Carter-Williams left early. You need that depth to thrive annually.
Interesting that a New England kid took a visit to Storrs and doesn’t have the Huskies in his final three. Maybe the unknown after Jim Calhoun retired and NCAA trouble the program got into is taking its toll.
Syracuse doesn’t mind. Joseph may end up being another chip on its ever expanding poker table.