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FRESHMAN HOOPSTER FINDS FIT AT MASTER'S.

Byline: Jack Pollon Special to the Daily News

After a high school career that included two different schools and four different coaches, Jerome Joseph was looking for a little stability.

He has found it during his freshman year at The Master's College, where he quickly became the starting point guard.

Joseph's high school years were spent at Montclair Prep for his freshman season and then at Chatsworth for his last three years. His four coaches were Bob Webb, Sandy Greentree, Bill Whiting and current Chatsworth coach Fluke Fluker.

``I had four different coaches,'' Joseph said. ``Going through that was difficult. I had to keep adjusting to different coaches. It takes almost a year to adjust to a certain coach, but I was just adjusting and adjusting.''

When Joseph transferred to Chatsworth, expectations were very high. Insiders thought he and teammate Eddie Miller would bring at least one or maybe two city championships to the Valley. However, those expectations were never fulfilled and in turn may have cost Joseph a scholarship to an NCAA Division I school.

Joseph disagrees.

``I was still putting up numbers,'' Joseph said. ``It could be possible, but I don't think so.''

Joseph was an all-area selection his junior and senior years and was nominated for the McDonald's high school all-America team. Surely these were credentials were worthy of a big time schools but Joseph chose The Masters' and is very happy with his decision.

``I was recruited highly, but things didn't come out as planned,'' Joseph said. ``Master's was the right choice. I'm very happy.''

He is averaging around 12 points and six assists for the Mustangs, who are hoping to get back to the NAIA tournament in Oklahoma City.

Most of Joseph's assists go to scoring leader Mike Penberthy, whom Joseph credits with easing his transition to college basketball.

``To play with Mike Penberthy - that's a gift,'' Joseph said. ``You can't help but to get better.''

Joseph is just happy to be playing basketball and going to school now. Being a starter and an integral part of the team's success has been a bonus.

``My goal was to just come in and make a contribution to the team,'' Joseph said. ``I feel I'm doing that and am very happy with my role.''

Joseph adds ``I worked hard in the preseason and it seems it is paying off right now.''

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