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Cushing's Kaleb Joseph commits to Syracuse

Cushing Academy senior ooint guard Kaleb Joseph has verbally committed to Syracuse University for the 2014-15 season, he announced late this afternoon.

The Nashua, N.H.-bred Joseph is the No. 51 overall player in ESPN 100, and the No. 10 point guard. last season, he helped lead the Penguins to the NEPSAC Class AA Championship, in a thrilling buzzer-beating finish over St. Andrew's (R.I.). Earlier this month, Joseph whittled his list of suitors down to three finalists -- Providence, West Virginia, and the aforementioned Orange.

Joseph becomes the second New England prospect to commit to Syracuse in the Class of 2014, joining Brewster Academy (N.H.) power forward Chris McCullough, a native of Bronx, N.Y., who is ranked No. 7 overall in the ESPN 100.

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein has more on Joseph's commitment, which is excerpted below. For the full article, CLICK HERE.

For Joseph, the opportunity to play at Syracuse was a dream come true.

"It's always been my dream school, and I just don't think there are many people who have the opportunity to do what they have dreamed about since they were young," Joseph said. "To work so hard for so long and then have God put the opportunity in front of me, it just felt right."

Nevertheless, this commitment still wasn't an easy one for Syracuse to win. Jim Boeheim and his staff followed Joseph throughout July with his Mass Rivals travel team and ultimately had to convince Joseph there was an important role for him despite the presence of Tyler Ennis, who will be just a year ahead of Joseph at Syracuse and is widely expected to be the team's starting point guard from Day One of his freshman season.

While the realization that both West Virginia and Providence had more immediate playing time to offer gave Joseph pause, it ultimately wasn't enough to make him say no to his dream school.

"I know of like the whole thing about Tyler, how everybody thinks I won't play," Joseph said.

"My whole basketball career I've always been the underdog," he added. "Not many basketball players come from New Hampshire to begin with. Everybody said I'd never get out of here. I like the underdog role. It keeps me grounded and motivated."