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UNLV’s top 2010 targets Joseph, Polee have big showings ahead

Polee leads Westchester into title clash, Joseph heading east for McDonald’s All-American game


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Los Angeles Westchester High forward Dwayne Polee Jr. joins the UNLV student section during a Nov. 28, 2009 game against Louisville at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels upset the 16th-ranked Cardinals, 76-71.

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Findlay Prep guard Cory Joseph watches the UNLV-Kansas State game at the Orleans Arena on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, as part of his official visit with the Rebels.

Both of UNLV's top remaining targets in the 2010 recruiting class — Findlay Prep guard Cory Joseph and Westchester (Calif.) High forward Dwayne Polee — are set to enjoy big moments in the spotlight as decision time nears.

Polee, who is also being courted by Pac-10 programs such as Oregon and Washington along with Georgia, will lead the 31-3 Comets into the Division I state title game tonight against Newark Memorial in Bakersfield, Calif.

That game can be seen in Las Vegas on Prime Ticket — Cox channel 50 — at 8 p.m. PDT.

The championship tilt comes just days after Polee was named the Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year — an honor voted upon by a local media panel. The 6-foot-7 wing is averaging 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game this season.

There's a good buzz going indicating that Polee could be ready to end his recruitment just after the conclusion of his prep career in the coming weeks.

Polee, whose father, Dwayne Sr., played at UNLV during the 1981-82 season, took an official visit to campus back in November, when he watched the Rebels knock off then-No. 16 Louisville, 76-71.

As for Joseph, who ranks as the No. 7 recruit in the 2010 class, not much has changed since his official visit to UNLV in mid-December.

"I have my five (finalists), and it's pretty late," he said on Thursday following a Pilots practice session. "I'm looking at my five. A couple of schools have tried to get in late. I look at them, not trying to disrespect them, but at the same time, I have my five set."

The list of Joseph's finalists have been set for a while, with UNLV, Villanova, Minnesota, Texas and UConn in the mix for his services.

One school of note which has made late attempts to get in the running for the Toronto native is Kentucky, as first-year coach John Calipari has made two recent trips to the Henderson campus to watch Joseph run.

Joseph said he hears everyone out, but said his five is, well, his five.

He said there's no timeline as to when he'll make a decision. Still, it's pretty much all he'll be asked about when surrounded by the national media next week in Columbus, Ohio, during his stay for the McDonald's All-American game.

Joseph leaves on Saturday along with Findlay teammate Tristan Thompson, as they were two of 24 seniors from around the country selected to play in next Wednesday's showcase at the Value City Arena. It can be seen on ESPN — Cox channel 30 — at 5 p.m. PDT.

From there, the duo will head to Baltimore and meet up with their teammates to go for a second consecutive championship in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational.

In Columbus, though, Joseph will be one of seven players in attendance who is still undecided as to his destination for next fall.

Also in that boat will be C.J. Leslie, Josh Selby, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Ray McCallum and Brandon Knight.

"There will be a lot of questions, and I'll just give them a truthful answers," Joseph said. "I know what to expect.

"It's OK, I just haven't made up my mind yet. If I could have made up my mind a long time ago, I would've and I think that would have been great, a lot of questions would have been answered."

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  1. Would love to see Polee become a Rebel!

    And my money is on it becoming a reality! Averaging 9 boards a night is certainly an encouraging stat (to go along with the 20ppg). One thing is for sure, he came to a GREAT home game.

  2. Hope to get the new recruits, but I'm not going to be disappointed if we don't with the way we played this year, the team is pretty much completely gelled together at this point and ready to strike next season with authority.


  3. Cory come play for a HOF coach Jim Calhoun!

  4. Calhoun? Oh you mean the old guy at Conneticut that's about to retire due to health problems. Why in the hell would anyone go to uconn.

  5. It was cool watching Polee on TV, winning his state championship.

    Dude has mad skills! On one dunk it almost looked like he was going to hit his head on the rim. Had one awesome ally oop and then just missed another one when his hand hit the side of the backboard. Had some killer blocks too. The announcers were raving over him all game.

  6. Congrats to Polee and Westchester on their 2nd consecutive CIF State Basketball Championship.

    Praying he comes to UNLV. He almost had to duck to avoid hitting his HEAD on the rim on his second jam in the first half.

    He can fly. Just throw it up really high, and he'll go get it. The way he'll finish on the offensive end would put butts in seats at the T&M.

    I was impressed by his defense also. He got a couple of early fouls and had to turn down the aggressiveness in order to not pick up another one. But he stayed low guarding out on the perimeter in a good defensive stance and looks to block shots in the paint. Seems like he could be a super versatile, devastating defender.

    UNLV will be in great shape if they can sign him. And with latecomers like UNM trying to get their foot in the door, I hope our apparent 'lead' in this race holds up until the finish line.

    I am completely skeptical about CJ. Hold out zero hope that he will stay in Vegas.

  7. trust me Calhoun is not leaving the sport!

  8. Watched Polee last night. I was impressed with his jumping, athletic ability, and dunking skills. As far as dribbling and jump shooting skills, he has alot of room for improvement. I noticed he allowed players to outmaneuver him for rebounds almost every time on defense. His basketball IQ is probably a 4 out of 10. He doesn't look physically strong. Chace and Jasper look much stronger than him at this point.

    He would be a great pick-up for the Rebels, but I can guarantee you he won't be starting next year unless he matures at a rapid pace over the summer. Tremedous upside potential though.

  9. Polee Jr. would be a perfect fit for UNLV. Freakish leaping ability and fits the mold for UNLV with ability for the switch defense. Excellent shot blocker and though he is more known for his highlight dunks his offense has really improved and becoming more of a triple threat. His shooting will continue to improve. His potential is unlimited. I hope he comes. He really enjoyed visit and win over Louiville which was an incredible enviroment to be in at the Mack. He reminds me of Shawn Marion and hopefully he follows his foot steps to UNLV. Go REBELS!

  10. Dwayne Polee will be a fan favorite player if he comes to UNLV and he would impress a lot of NBA Scouts. Blocking shots and rebounding are the key for his success. Sct2k6 is right, Polee is like Shawn Marion, about the same height with very good leaping ability and electrifying dunks. Also remember Louis Amundson and Joel Anthony who played at UNLV by working hard on rebounding and blocking shots and both of them are still playing in the NBA. Oscar Bellfield knows how to play with Polee back in their high school days at WESTCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL.

  11. He's going to St Johns Lavin's recruit..Lavin headed out to SoCal