Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 | 12:15 p.m.
Findlay College Prep senior Cory Joseph will take his fifth and final official recruiting visit to UNLV, Pilots coach Mike Peck confirmed.
“He’s positive and upbeat about it,” Peck said. “Now the five schools will jockey for position. It’s something else that’s off his shoulders. He’ll see how the visit goes and go from there.”
The top prep point guard in the land, Joseph chose the Rebels and coach Lon Kruger over Florida and Mississippi State for his last trip. He informed Gators coach Billy Donovan and Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury of his decision Tuesday.
Joseph will visit UNLV the weekend of Dec. 11. The Rebels play Kansas State at the Orleans Arena in a late-afternoon game Dec. 12. That night, Findlay plays Bishop Gorman at the Orleans.
Prospects can take up to five official college visits, and Joseph made a few unofficial trips to UNLV last season.
He has taken official visits to Texas, Connecticut, Villanova and Minnesota, where his brother Devoe is a sophomore guard.
Joseph has no timetable for picking a school he will attend next fall. He has always said he could wake up tomorrow and make a decision, or it could arrive next spring. How he gets along with a coach, the program's style and academics are his main objectives in picking a college.
A native of the Toronto area, Joseph guided Findlay to the ESPN National High School Invitational championship in Maryland in April. The Pilots defeated perennial power Oak Hill Academy in the title game.
Avery Bradley, now with Texas, was a major part of that Findlay team. Joseph’s Findlay teammates and fellow Toronto native Tristan Thompson signed with Texas last week. Their longtime friend, Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict junior Myck Kabongo, has given a verbal commitment to Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.
Findlay (2-0) is winning by an average score of 129-87 this season, thanks to the scoring infusion provided by new junior guards Nick Johnson and Jabari Brown.
Joseph was saddled with foul trouble Saturday and finished with only six points against Impact Academy.
Tonight’s game against Ernst Prep of Michigan has been cancelled because the Ernst coach reportedly was in a car accident recently.
The Pilots play Princeton Country Day of New Jersey on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Henderson International School, with which Findlay is affiliated.