Joel Francisco attended Hacienda Heights Wilson High school from 1983-1986 and played both water polo and basketball. He won a CIF SS title in water polo in 1984 and a CIFSS and California Division II State Championship in basketball in 1986. Joel also played age group and high school basketball with North Carolina standout and NBA player Scott Williams. Following high school, Joel played water polo at Long Beach State and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History. Joel has been a history teacher at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera for 22 years. He has scouted high school basketball prospects for 30+ years and was the West Coast Recruiting Coordinator for ESPN from 2006-2016. In addition, Joel has written for various publications such as Hoopscoop, Basketball Times, Blue Ribbon, Westcoast Elite Basketball.com, and had his own scouting sevice for over 10 years called So-Cal's Finest.