Q&A with Findlay Prep Point Guard, Cory Joseph

Posted on 27. Nov, 2009 by Nolan Shulman in Findlay Prep- The Season, High School, Interviews

I’m here at the State Farm Tournament of Champions in Peoria, Illinois, and without question the most impressive player in the gym has been Findlay Prep’s Cory Joseph. Through two games Cory has scored 37 points, shot an extremely high percentage, done an outstanding job pressuring the basketball, and most importantly led his team to two victories. I had the opportunity to sit down with the outstanding floor general earlier this afternoon.

You guys were undefeated last season and you’re undefeated again so far this season. What are your impressions of the team thus far?

Cory: We’re learning quick and our team is deep. We use the full ten guys, we’re playing hard, and we’re competing every game. We’re just trying to take it step by step, one game at a time. We aren’t looking into the future, we’re just focused on the next team. Today we’ll focus on today’s team, and we’ll worry about tomorrow’s team tomorrow.

You guys have accomplished everything there is to accomplish at the high school level, winning the National Championship. How do you guys stay hungry so that you can do it again this year?

Cory: We’ve got a new set of guys and this is a new season. I’ve taken on a different role this year so it’s a new challenge. We want to do the same things we did last year. We just have to work hard, take it step by step, and make sure we keep getting better and better.

Tell me a little bit about your new role?

Cory: I’m taking on more of a leadership role. We don’t have Avery or any of those older guys around anymore, so now it’s my turn. I’ve got to be a mentor to the younger guys and make sure they know what coach is looking for. I’m also a point guard, so I’ve got to make sure everyone gets their touches, make sure no one is mad, and make sure everyone is playing the way they should be playing.

Speaking of the new guys. Last night they were shooting the eyes out of it. Tell me about your first impression of the way they’ve fit in.

Cory: They’ve been great. I know I can count on them to hit shots. Jabari’s been hitting a lot of shots and Nick’s been hitting shots. I know I can count on Nigel to hit big shots. We’re deep, just like last year. It feels great because I know when I come out of the game, the guy stepping in is just as good if not better.

You played IMG Academy last night. Obviously you played your AAU ball for Grassroots Canada and Dwight (Powell) was on your team. What was it like to see the big fella in a different unifom?

Cory: It was real good. I was getting after it and talking to him a little bit during the game. Before the game I was asking him who’s going to win the tip (laughing). I was telling him we’re going to find out who can really jump high. It was a lot of fun playing him.

You guys put it to them pretty bad. Are you going to be talking trash the rest of the year?

Cory: A little bit. Not too much. I want to see him do good. He’s been my friend since we were young in Toronto. Probably a little bit though (laughing).

Since we’re talking about Dwight, tell me a little bit about how you guys did last summer playing for Grassroots Canada?

Cory: We let a couple get away from us, but we improved individually and as a team. I think we accomplished a lot, even though we didn’t win some tournaments we should have.

You just beat IMG and you’re going to be playing Quality Education Academy tomorrow. They’ve got Stargell Love playing the point and also Quincy Miller on the wing. What do you know about those guys?

Cory: I don’t know much about them, but I’ve been hearing a lot of good things. We play a lot of great players this season, so we’ve just got to limit them from doing what they do best.

Your one of the best point guards in the country. Tell me a little bit about some of the matchups you’ve got this season that you’re looking forward to.

Cory: I’ve been hearing a lot about the St. Pat’s game. Kyrie Irving on ESPN. We also play Winter Park on ESPN and they’ve got Austin Rivers which should be a great matchup. I’ve heard a lot of good things about a lot of the point guards out there.

What do you have to do to prove to everyone that you’re the best?

Cory: I just want to play my game. I don’t want to go into those games thinking I’ve got to do too much, or that I’ve got to put on a great show just because I’m playing so and so. I just want to do what I can do so that i don’t look too foolish out there (laughing).

I don’t think you’re going to look foolish (laughing). You’ve won two Ontario Champioships and a National Championship. How have you been able to get on the right side of the win column so frequently?

Cory: I just take it one game at a time. I just go out, compete, and get after it in practice. It all starts in practice. I just focus in on defense because I believe defense wins games. If you stop them from scoring, the offense will take care of itself.

You’re one of the top point guards left on the board. Tell me a little bit about who’s still on your list?

Cory: I have 5 people left on my list. I’m about to take a visit to UNLV in December and after that I’m probably going to look into everything further and decide where I want to go. I still have UNLV, Minnesota, Uconn, Villanova, and Texas left. After my visit to UNLV I’m going to sit down and really look at the whole situation.

Your brother (Devoe) plays for Minnesta and you guys accomplished a lot together. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to reunite at the next level?

Cory: Of course I have. Everyone wants to play with their brother, but I really have to evaluate what’s the best situation for me. I’m just getting as much background information as I can. Style of play, relationships. I’m just getting as much information as I can and I’m going to decide off of that information.

So you’ve still got more games left in this tournament (State Farm Tournament of Champions). What are you expecting from your guys the rest of the way?

Cory: I’m just expecting them to play hard and compete no matter what happens.

Good luck the rest of the way. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me.

Thank you to Daniel Poneman of IllinoisHSbasketball for supplying the picture.

Nolan Shulman

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10 Responses to “Q&A with Findlay Prep Point Guard, Cory Joseph”

  1. twoforminnesota

    02. Dec, 2009

    Cory will start and have as many minutes as he can handle next year with Minnesota. Some of the other programs he’ll ride behind someone until it’s ” his ” time.

    Welcome to Minnesota Cory.

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    • Fahad

      03. Dec, 2009

      Keep Dreaming. Cory is going to the Big East where he can play on National Television twice a week.

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    • David

      03. Dec, 2009

      More specifically UCONN. We send players to the league so if that’s his goal, its a no brainer

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  2. Rip

    01. Dec, 2009

    Cory is gonna be a rebel!

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  3. Christian Popoola

    29. Nov, 2009

    Corey is going to do well anywhere he decides to play-
    Good luck!

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    29. Nov, 2009

    [...] Flagrant Fouls caught up with Cory Joseph to talk about the current season, Canada basketball and of course the million dollar question, “What school are you going to sign with?” [...]

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  5. Ronald

    28. Nov, 2009

    I’d say a lot of people care where Cory plays his ball. Do what’s best for you Cory. No matter where you go, Toronto loves you.

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  6. AnDre

    28. Nov, 2009

    Who cares about next year. This kid is doing big things this year. Back to Back.

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  7. Eric

    28. Nov, 2009

    he’s going to minn to play with his brother.

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  8. Rob

    28. Nov, 2009

    Go to Texas and form a Canadian dream team with Tristan and Myck.

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