Virginia Needs Lively Joseph in NIT

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To many, Trinidad & Tobago is merely a vacation destination, tucked comfortably away in the Caribbean. To others, the islands are the home of MTV’s ‘The Gauntlet 2’ where former cast members of The Real World and Road Rules spend their time competing and arguing the days and nights away. But to Adrian Joseph , Trinidad is home.

UVa’s Adrian Joseph has made 45 3-pointers this season.

Joseph, Virginia’s left-handed wing forward, hails from the island nation that sits near the Venezuelan tip of South America. He was born in San Fernando, a city discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh, in 1984. Soccer is king, while basketball is catching on.

“It’s becoming big right now. It’s not as big as soccer down there, but it’s becoming big,” Joseph said. “If the games on ESPN over here, then you’ll see it on TV. … I used to always watch North Carolina, Duke and the NBA, watching the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan.”

While basketball grows, sports in Trinidad have not reached the competitive level of athletics in the United States. That probably has something to do with the island’s personality. Trinidad has often been considered the perfect blend of lively fun and calm relaxation.

“Being home is just freedom, being laid back. Sports? They’re not as competitive as over here. It’s just playing for fun and having fun,” Joseph said. “The whole attitude is just laid back. It’s a place where you just go have fun, meet people, party, and stuff like that.”

Joseph seems to have a lot of the Trinidad attitude woven into his game. He seems pretty laid back in pressure situations, calm while shooting the ball, and smooth in running off screens. Of course, he has a bit of his island home’s lively traits as well. Joseph is a strong rebounding wing, has quick-off-the-floor hops, and explosive leaping ability – in fact, he appears to be the most dynamic leaper