Bensley Joseph, a 2021 point guard from Arlington, MA narrowed his college basketball destination down to five schools, including the Providence Friars in his cut down list. Along with PC, Joseph also included fellow Big East schools Georgetown and Marquette, along with Boston College and Miami.
Top 5..🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/w2hyQOCuN3
— Bensley Joseph (@BensleyJoseph_) July 21, 2020
Before I even get into recruiting and anything basketball related, I just want to give a shout out to Joseph’s parents, because Bensley is a cool ass fucking name. I think I can say pretty confidently that I’ve never met another Bensley in my entire life.
Joseph stands at 6’1” and clocks in at roughly 165 pounds with the prototypical point guard profile. I’m going to go with the ESPN rankings because they favor him the most by a long shot, ranking him as the #68 prospect in the 2021 class. The other recruiting sites aren’t quite so high on Joseph (yet), ranking him in the low 100s (#118 on Rivals, #136 on 247Sports).
The rising PG plays at the high basketball pedigreed Cushing Academy who has previously been known as a hockey powerhouse, claiming such skating alumni as Ray Bourque’s kids (Chris & Ryan), Tom Poti, Zach Bogosian, Keith Yandle, Richard Bachman, & Erika Lawler. How about some other sports? Cushing can name Tampa Bay Bucs Mike Evans and WWE super-duper star John Cena to their graduates as well. Want some names from film? How about the legendary actress Bette Davis and acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (and Nate Berkus too)? After all of those names, I still believe that the biggest star to come out of Cushing Academy is Providence Friars point guard David Duke. The sky is the limit with Duke and I feel like Joseph can be the next Cushing graduate to make a name for himself.
The Friars have yet to sign someone for the 2021 recruiting class and Joseph would be a perfect start. He fits the Providence point guard first mold, having developed and produced guys like Vincent Council, Bryce Cotton, Kris Dunn, Kyron Cartwright, and David Duke, in the past decade alone.
Joseph is a stat sheet fiend, averaging 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 2 steals per game for Cushing Academy last season. That rebound number emphasizes his work ethic and want for the ball because he only stands at 6’1”. Just as I hyped up the old Cushing Academy, throwing in a John Cena advertisement for the school for good measure, I came across something that mentioned that he actually transferred to Putnam Science Academy for his last year of High School. I mean, at least it’s close to me being in Connecticut, but I doubt I’ll be able to make it to a single game this season.
Even though it’s a little bit in the middle of nowhere, like most random prep school powerhouses, you can at least hang your hat on this if you’re Bensley…
Joseph has announced that he will be making his college decision on Monday, so saddle up Friartown.
Four-star guard Bensley Joseph will make his college decision on Monday at 12pm EST, he tells @Rivals.
Down to a final five: Boston College, Georgetown, Marquette, Miami and Providence. https://t.co/0NnIPItF2N
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) July 23, 2020
Now how about at least one highlight for the athletic southpaw? Think of Kyron Cartwright with some insane springs in his feet.