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Oct, 2019

Venzant Set To Visit UTSA

Photo courtesy of the Midland Record Telegram

(By: Antonio G. Castillo)

 

One of the top prospects in the Tri-Regions and State of Texas, Joseph Venzant, will be visiting the Conference USA program this weekend. The Roadrunners are his second official visit in as many weeks.

With new NCAA rules regarding official visits, student athletes are now allowed to take 5 officials during their junior year.

On the strength of his performance at the NCAA College Basketball Academy in Houston, UTSA was quick to offer shortly after. Making the 6’3” combo guard a prime target for their 2021 class.

As he prepares to set foot on the campus, the staff has let him know why he’s high on their list.

“They just give me very good feedback. They want me to come in right away and make a difference. Them having a great backcourt and at the time I’d be coming up there, it would be great for me to fill a spot,” said Venzant.

He’s quick to note that UTSA Head Coach Steve Henson has turned the program around, and that the guards are a focal point and seem to develop tremendously under this staff. They boast potentially pre-season Confernece USA player of the year Jhivvan Jackson, and teammate, guard Keaton Wallace is all but a lock to be on the pre-season C-USA 1st team.

In addition to his UTSA offer, Venzant holds offers from: Liberty, UT-Permian Basin, Tulsa, Wake Forrest, Cal State Fullerton, and UTEP. Last weekend he used his first official to visit the campus of Liberty.

Texas Tech, Colorado, Santa Clara and UTA have recently shown strong interest in the West Texas prospect.

Leading up to the high school season, over the summer, Joseph played on the Under Armour circuit, and he talked about the impact that it and the NCAA Basketball Academy had.

“Competition wise, the UA circuit was very good for me competing with the 17U divisions, it gave me a good look at the competition and what I needed to work on,” Venzant said. “The camp setting at the NCAA Basketball academy really gave me the chance to showcase my abilities as well.”

Joseph now turns his attention to the start of his junior year and Midland Christian HS returns almost everyone except one senior and welcomes a few new transfers who might be able to help the Mustangs improve on their 34 win team from last year.

For the time being, he’ll turn his focus to UTSA and see what the Conference USA program has to offer. He does plan on taking at least a couple more visits as a junior, and already knows what he’s looking for in a program.

“A family atmosphere and a winning program that wants to compete. Distance isn’t necessarily an issue.”

Expect Joseph to garner more interest and more offers as the recruiting process goes on. It’s all to be expected when you’re one of the top prospects in the Tri-Regions, and State of Texas.

Venzant and his teammates tip of their season in early November and will also be in San Antonio for the inaugural AlamoCityHoops Classic on
November 15-16, at San Antonio Christian High School.