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The time when many prospects make the leap from potential to player is between their sophomore and junior seasons. That is exactly what has happened to Whitney Young small forward Joseph Toye. The rising junior has taken his game to another level and is one of the best prospects in the state’s 2015 class. Tuesday the talented wing visited Illinois and discussed with us what he did while in Champaign.
“Today was the first time I really got to sit down and talk to Coach Groce and see what he is all about. I met all of the other members of their crew who were all very welcoming. I got to see the arena. They showed me the football stadium. I also went to see where the athletes study. I was able to see the changes they are currently making to make their arena. One of the best atmospheres in college ball.”
The Illini coaches are intrigued by what Toye brings to the table as a prospect.
“They were very excited about my game and felt I would fit into the program well. A couple of the assistant coaches have seen me play this spring, but Coach Groce would like to see me in July.”
What stood out to Toye about the Illini coaching staff?
“They were very high-energy and prided themselves on being the state school in Illinois.”
Toye has always been known as a big time athlete as he gets to the basket with explosiveness and in transition is one of the best finishers in the state. His overall game has continued to progress with major strides being shown in his perimeter skills. Toye’s jumper is starting to become an asset he can rely on knocking it down from mid-range especially the baseline. He is also beginning to hit it from three.
“I have been practicing on it a lot. I have been shooting in the gym and doing ball handling drills pretty much every day.”
He also has ability as a perimeter defender as he consistently stayed in front of his man at the Nike Elite 100 Camp against the best of the best nationally. Toye talked about the experience.
“It was really fun. I got to play against all the best players in my class and the class behind me. Every game I was playing against someone in the top 60 in either class. It was a good experience. I think I did good against them and was one of the best out there.”
Toye more than held his own at the prestigious camp on both ends of the floor. Right now he has five offers on the table.
“Auburn, Bradley, Providence, UIC, and Creighton.”
There are a group of high major programs that are showing the Whitney Young wing significant interest.
“Michigan State, Northwestern, Kansas, Georgetown, Illinois, and Iowa.”
He will next visit Iowa on Wednesday. Toye will be running with Meanstreets 16U during July.