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Devoe Joseph - A Work In Progress

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by Tariq Sbiet in nba-draft

Don’t pay attention to his current statistics. Pay attention to his progress. Devoe Joseph, who was the best high school player to come out of Canada in 2008, is now a sophomore starting at the point for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

But the NCAA transition hasn’t been easy. Imagine going from being the best player in the country and playing the entire game, to riding the pine, scratching and clawing for PT.

As a freshman, Devoe had something to prove on a daily basis.

Increased minutes this year, has Joseph taking full advantage by bumping up his stats in virtually every category (See the diagram below) .
Now you can pay attention!

With former starting PG Al Nolen out for the remainder of the season due to academic troubles, Devoe now has the opportunity to do some damage.
Since Nolen’s leave, DJ has been averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Yeah you’re right, these figures are nothing to get excited about, however Joseph is quietly building his confidence and evolving his skill set by each game.

As a freshman, Joseph would step on the court only to launch three point shots, scarcely putting the ball on the floor. In essence, he was an undersized 6’3 shooting guard as far as the LEAGUE is concerned.

Now with his improved handle, he is able to float around the court comfortably and create his own shot with a step back jumper or a cross-over move, then straight to the tin.

As he expands his game at the point, look for DJ’s stock to increase by next year, and the year after that. Is he an NBA prospect at this moment? Not yet. Is there potential for it? I think so.

As for his confidence level, the disparity between his high school days- when he owned Canada- to his freshman season was evident. Joseph hesitated to trigger his smooth J and passed up shots on the regular, in his first year as a Gopher; worrisome of Coach Tubby, who would deservingly sub Nolen back in the instant DJ committed a miscue. Sometimes that’s the way it works as a first year dude.

That was then.

Fast forward into 2010, and you will see Devoe launching at will, listening to broadcasters jokingly say, “He’s never seen a shot he didn’t like.”

While he has expanded his role for Minnesota this year, there is still work to do and luckily, time is on his side.

Joseph is now poised and looking to further improve his game with one goal in mind…progress.


2008: 16.7 mins, 5 points, 1.8 rebs, 1.5 ass

2009: 23.9 mins, 8.8 points, 2.8 rens, 3.0 ass


Tariq Sbiet- Canadian Recruiting Analyst

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One Response to “Devoe Joseph - A Work In Progress”

  1. The Northern Touch | Flagrant Fouls 22. Mar, 2010

    [...] picked up his play since he was integrated into the starting line up in late January. DJ has been learning on the go and improving his game at the point which was evident in this [...]

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