By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Carroll's Kris Joseph thinks he originally caught some people in the Washington area basketball scene by surprise.
"I don't think Canadians are known for being good at basketball," he said. "Canada is more known for hockey."
But Joseph has never played hockey. He doesn't skate.
"I don't do anything on ice," said Joseph, who moved from Montreal last summer so that he could play basketball in a more competitive setting. His older brother, Maurice, is a reserve on the Michigan State basketball team.
Given Washington's warmer-than-usual winter, Joseph's aversion to ice has not been a problem. And on the basketball court, the 6-foot-8 junior has been as hot as any player in the area, averaging 15.5 points per game and helping the Lions to a 10-6 record in the hyper-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
"He does everything well," Carroll Coach Clinton Perrow said. "He rebounds well and can pass well. And he can play all five positions for us."
That versatility has come in handy recently as the Lions have played without point guard Travis King, out with a sprained ankle, giving Joseph the distinction as the area's tallest point guard. Joseph said his preference is to play on the wing, but he said he will go wherever Carroll needs him.
As opposing coaches have taken note of Joseph, so have college recruiters. Arizona State Coach Herb Sendek has been recruiting Joseph since before this school year and he now has plenty of company. Joseph said that Georgetown and Clemson recently made scholarship offers. Maryland also is recruiting him.
"Other than [missing] family and friends, I'm glad I made this move," Joseph said. "It definitely has given me more of an opportunity school-wise. As soon as I came here, I got on a lot of schools' radar. I'm happy about the decision I made."