Monday, March 29, 2010 | 9 p.m.
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Dwayne Polee 2008-09 Highlights
Findlay Prep guard Cory Joseph got his week as a McDonald's All-American off to a smashing start Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
After, according to several sources, he impressed those in attendance on the defensive end during an afternoon practice session, Joseph won the boys' 3-point competition Monday night, which was shown on ESPN.
Joseph, who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 7 recruit in the 2010 class, scored 20 points during the opening round to get into the finals, then was forced into an extra round following the finals, tied with North Carolina signee Reggie Bullock. Each scored 16 in his first attempt in the finals.
Then, Joseph caught fire.
He scored the majority of his points on the middle three racks, finishing with a competition-high 22 points.
It was the second consecutive year in which a Findlay product won an event during the skills competition portion of the week at the McDonald's All-American location.
Avery Bradley, who just finished his freshman season at Texas, won the slam dunk competition last year.
Coincidentally, Texas is one of the five schools on Joseph's final list of collegiate destinations, and the Toronto native is expected to make a decision soon after Findlay completes its run at the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational.
The other four schools on his list are — in no particular order — Minnesota, Villanova, UConn and UNLV.
Joseph, along with fellow Pilot and McDonald's honoree Tristan Thompson, will head off to join the rest of the team in Baltimore for the ESPN tourney after taking part in Wednesday's McDonald's game.
The game can be seen live on ESPN at 2 p.m. Las Vegas time.
No news yet on Polee
UNLV's other top target in the 2010 recruiting class — Westchester (Calif.) High forward Dwayne Polee — still is mum on his future commitment.
Attempts to reach Polee on Monday afternoon were unsuccessful, as the 6-foot-7 high-flier is just two days removed from leading the Comets (32-3) to their second consecutive Division I state title.
Polee, who averaged roughly 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior, is expected to make a decision on his collegiate future any day.
Just last week, he also was named the Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year, an award voted upon by a local media panel.
Along with UNLV, he also is considering a handful of Pac-10 schools, such as Oregon and Washington, and Georgia.
Polee's father, Dwayne Sr., played at UNLV during the 1981-82 season under former coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Stay tuned to lasvegassun.com/rebels for more on this story as it develops.