Kaleb Joseph Commitment Bolsters SU Backcourt Depth
Over the weekend, Jim Boeheim scored his second commitment of the 2014 recruiting class as New Hampshire point guard Kaleb Joseph pledged for the Orange during his official visit. The 6’3″ Joseph is considered a pass-first point guard who, at this stage, figures to sit behind the more potent Tyler Ennis for a season before being handed the keys to the offense in 2015.
For all the wild twists and turns that can take place in the recruiting world, Joseph’s case wasn’t very complicated at all. While he was on the SU staff’s radar long before this summer, the coaches made him a priority in July, keeping a close eye on him throughout the live recruiting period. Other schools, most notably Providence, were in on him as well, but in the context of recruiting, there was very little doubt among forecasters as to where Joseph would wind up.
While a 6’3″ point guard may seem like a downgrade after being treated to Michael Carter-Williams’ height, Joseph is long-armed and has a frame that can withstand a little more bulk than his current weight of 165 pounds. He may very well clock in around 180 by the time he gets to campus. As stated previously, he’s much more comfortable as a facilitator than a creator, but he has the quickness to get into the lane and finish and, from reports, has been developing a more consistent stroke.
Joseph’s commitment fits almost perfectly into how the team profiles going forward. By the time he arrives, the Orange should have high-level scorers up and down the roster with Ennis, Jerami Grant, Michael Gbinije, Tyler Roberson and Chris McCullough. While Trevor Cooney’s freshman season left a bad taste in everyone’s mouths, you can add him to that list as well. All of those players have the potential to be major offensive weapons, but not all of them can create for themselves. The team won’t be able to fully capitalize on all of that scoring ability without someone who can see the floor and play unselfishly as Joseph can.
Coming into the summer, a polished pass-first floor general was one of the team’s biggest needs for the future, and the SU staff can now cross that off its shopping list. Without accounting for any early departures, the team still has one scholarship available for the 2014-15 season, and it will be interesting to see what kind of impact Joseph’s commitment has on the level of interest between the program and Isaiah Whitehead.