Terps basketball recruiting - Welcome Mr. Faust
By Rick Nelligan
Maryland’s recruiting prowess just got a jolt. At about 5:35 on Thursday afternoon, Nick Faust went on ESPNU to make his commitment. With a Baltimore Harbor façade in the background, Faust pledged his allegiance to the Terps. He joins underrated three-star point guard Sterling Gibbs to make up ESPN’s 24th ranked basketball recruiting class in the nation. The 2011 class already looks very good, and has the potential to get better. Here’s my take on the class so far and what is in the works.
It’s pretty tough for me to put into words how excited I am about the Faust commitment, and what it really means for the Terps. He is the highest rated recruit to commit to the Terps since Mike Jones (I know, I know, I’m sorry. Bad memories…). Faust is ranked as the tenth best shooting guard in the nation, and 42nd player in the nation overall according to Rivals.com. He has a quick release, range for days, and has the ability to create his own shot, not to mention seemingly effortless athleticism, and the ability to rise and dunk in traffic without struggling to do so. And what I love most about him, when asked about his baby face on ESPNU, Faust responded, “I would say it’s deceiving because a lot of players think that ‘Oh, he’s a little guy, he can’t play,’ but ultimately, I’ll just destroy them.” You have to love that attitude.
I haven’t even mentioned what this can do for recruiting this year, and years to come. The Terps have struggled to keep the best players in state. But Faust could be the catalyst that the Terps needed in recruiting, especially coming out of the Baltimore area. This will also help in recruiting for this year, with players wanting to come and play with an exceptional player like Faust and build their legacies together.
Gibbs seems to be the quintessential Gary Williams point guard. He’s smart and tough with good skills and a great feel for the game. Gibbs is also part of a perennially successful basketball program at Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, so he comes into college knowing what it takes to win. He won’t be a starter right away, but could prove to be a great guard in time. Gibbs’ brother, Ashton, is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and averaged just under 16 points a game last year. Gibbs has arguably been the Terps best recruiter this year as well, showing up at Maryland Madness to talk up Terps basketball with Nick Faust and potential recruit Greg Lewis. He’s also visiting this weekend with two more potential recruits in Antwan Space and Desmond Hubert. He could be instrumental in getting those guys.
The top uncommitted recruits that I've read the most about when it comes to Maryland basketball are Adjehi Baru, Desmond Hubert, Antwan Space, and Greg Lewis. As far as I can tell, after the Faust and Gibbs commitments, the Terps have two more scholarships to play with. And after getting two guards, and being a guard heavy team already, Gary really needs to focus on getting more skill in the frontcourt. Coincidentally, these four are all big men. If I had to guess, I’d say our best bets are Hubert and Lewis to round out the recruiting class. I’d love for Baru to become a Terp, but I just don’t see it as being likely after John Calapari threw his hat in the ring a week ago. Lewis is apparently scheduled to announce his decision Monday, with it coming down to Maryland and Rutgers. I really do hope we get him and are able to pair him along side Baru or Hubert, it would make for the best Maryland recruiting class in years.
When asked on Thursday night why people should fear the turtle over the next few years, Faust shot back, “We’re gonna win a national championship.” If we’re able to finish this recruiting class strong, I can’t say I disagree with him. Go Terps!
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| October 29, 2010; 8:17 AM ET
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