Joseph will join Thompson at Texas

Call it early-entry insurance.

With Texas potentially losing a pair of guards to the NBA draft, the Longhorns got a commitment from point guard Cory Joseph on Friday.

Joseph, the No. 16 rated prospect in the Class of 2010, picked Texas over Connecticut, Minnesota, UNLV and Villanova.

"I had a great relationship with coach [Rick] Barnes and all the staff and players," Joseph said. "I feel that it's the best fit for me overall."

Tristan Thompson, who played with Joseph at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., and on the Grassroots Canada AAU team, has also signed with Texas. Both Thompson and Joseph were named McDonald's All-Americans.

"It's good that we'll be able to play together again," Joseph said. "We had a lot of success over the past two years. We won the national championship twice. We're going to have a great time."

Texas guard Avery Bradley has already entered his name in the draft while fellow freshman guard Jordan Hamilton is still weighing his options. After losing Daniel Bejarano to Arizona during the early signing period, Texas was looking to fill a backcourt void in its 2010 class.

"My goal is to go in there and hopefully be an impact player," Joseph said.

"I want to play hard and I hope things will work out for me. I want to get better every day ... and be fully committed to the team and basketball."

As a senior at Findlay Prep, Joseph averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 assists a game. He played on two teams that won the National High School Invitational.