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2014 Mass Rivals guard Kaleb Joseph garnering high-major offers, including Maryland

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.–College coaches sat packed along the sideline yesterday for a game between the Mass Rivals and Rise Academy at Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East.

The main draw was 2014 Top 5 player Noah Vonleh, the 6-8 forward from Massachusetts, but Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon had his eye on another prospect—Top 60 point guard Kaleb Joseph.

Joseph, a 6-3, 165-pound native of Ashburnham, Mass., was impressive on Day 1 of SCE, a smart, pass-first point guard with the skills to orchestrate an offense at the high-major level.

“I definitely try to get other guys involved,” Joseph told NBCSports.com. “That’s the way you stay effective if you’re not scoring. I like making guys around me better.

“Everybody at the D-I level can score, so if I can get into the lane and create open opportunities for myself and for others, then everybody is going to be happy.”

He excelled most as a dribble penetrator, able to get into the lane and find either shooters on the perimeter or big men free on the interior, especially Vonleh around the rim.

As the orchestrator of an offense, he is careful with the basketball and limits his turnovers, but is still developing a killer scoring instinct to round out his game.

Defensively, he has shown the ability to be active on defense, especially in the half-court, though defense won’t be his biggest selling point to college coaches.

He claims offers from schools that include Boston College, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Tennessee, Maryland, and Providence, and is also drawing interest from Cincinnati, Kansas State, and others.

Geographically, the location of a school doesn’t matter to his recruitment, he says.

“I’m not going to stay close to home if there’s a great opportunity for me farther away,” Joseph said. “I’m just looking for a place I can fit in and make an impact.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.