Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Falling in to Place...

The first recruit of the 2008 class has officially committed. Though this isn't really breaking news at this point, I figured I'd relay the info that Kris Joseph has made his verbal to the Cuse. Joseph is a 6'7" wing out of Quebec who played at Archbishop Carroll in DC averaging 18 and 10. A 4-Star recruit on Scout, and the #6 rated SF, #26 overall, the Cuse is reputed to be his "dream school." The final decision apparently came to Syracuse (closer to home), and Georgetown (closer to DC where he plays his HS ball). He is the younger brother of MSU guard Maurice Joseph.

Joseph is basically purely offense, can play the outside, pass well, and take it to the hoop. At the present he seems to be lacking in the defensive brilliance, but knowing JB, I think we can work on that. Not to mention at 6'7" and athletic he can cover the bottom of the zone.

As OrangeFan stated, our targets for the 2008 class need to begin to revolve around a combo 4-5 and another Wing-PF combo. As of now our roster breaks down with an inordinate amount of guards. For 2008 we are looking at the following:

PG - Jonny Flynn, Scoop Jardine
SG - Eric Devendorf, Andy Rautins
SF - Paul Harris
PF - Donte Greene, Rick Jackson
C - Arinze Onuaku, The Hyphen (thanks Jim), and Sean Williams

If we can fill in that gap in the middle (which is the same gap we have this year) then I would consider the 2008 recruiting class a huge sucess. This is already taking one huge step in the right direction towards that.

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