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Terps Land Sought-After, In-State Recruit, Nick Faust

Maryland appears to have landed sought-after shooting guard Nick Faust, who helped Baltimore City College High School to the second of its back-to-back state championships last season.

The 6-6, 175-pound Faust announced his decision to attend Maryland on ESPNU Thursday afternoon. His commitment is not binding, however, until he signs his official letter of intent (Nov. 10-17). Until then, Maryland officials are precluded from commenting.

But Faust’s decision can be interpreted as a sign of new strength in Maryland’s ability to land top in-state talent--particularly from the talent-laden Baltimore area.

Faust is considered the nation’s ninth-ranked shooting guard prospect and the 25th overall, according to ESPN analysts, who have likened him to a young Stephen Curry because of his youthful face and lethal shooting touch.

Faust’s high school coach, Mike Daniel, was a bit more restrained.

“It’s too early to tell,” Daniel said in an interview Thursday afternoon. “He’s still in his early stages. Nick has just had one great year, keep in mind, now. But when he’s on, he can really shoot the 3-ball. He has got NBA range right now.”

Daniel lauded Faust as “a great kid, a good student and a religious young man.”

Faust, who also plays for the Baltimore Elite AAU team, had been courted by Villanova and Florida State, as well.

By Liz Clarke  | October 28, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Maryland basketball, Nick Faust, recruiting  
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Comments


"Recruiting is just an area Gary really struggles at" -Eric Prisbell

Sorry EP, you know I love ya but this statement really needs to be taken back at this point. It was absurd at the time and gets more and more ridiculous with each passing day.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Gary can use this momentum to get Adjehi Baru to commit as well. This is shaping up to be a great class. Its about time elite talent starting coming to college park again. First Sean, now Nick. Cant wait to see who's next

Posted by: pford13 | October 28, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Its about time elite talent starting coming to college park again. First Sean, now Nick. Cant wait to see who's next

Posted by: pford13 | October 28, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. Yeah that Vasquez guy sucked. Same with this Jordan Williams scrub. Sean Moseley? Another lowly recruit.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. Yeah that Vasquez guy sucked. Same with this Jordan Williams scrub. Sean Moseley? Another lowly recruit.

Jordan was barely in the top 100, if at all. Vasquez and Jordan are 4 yr players. Nick Faust is a a guy who could leave after 2 years. He is an elite athlete that can change the game with a single play. Its a pleasant surprise to get one of those every once in awhile. Gary always recruits 4 yr developmental players.

Posted by: pford13 | October 28, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

"Recruiting is just an area Gary really struggles at" -Eric Prisbell

Sorry EP, you know I love ya but this statement really needs to be taken back at this point. It was absurd at the time and gets more and more ridiculous with each passing day.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 9:04 PM

Gary knew he was getting murdered on the recruiting trail, that's why he went out to Xavier and got Bino Ranson. And hey, whadya know?! The Baltimore AAU recruiting expert landed a Baltimore AAU kid!

Prisbell commented (in the past) that Maryland had a recruiting problem, because they did. Now it's getting better because they're addressing the problem.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 28, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

If anything, Gary's recently improved recruiting is evidence of just how much he was slacking off before. He got his national title, lost a few assistants that did his dirty work, and just didn't care for a few years. The team was poor and had NIT talent at best a few years ago.

Posted by: Dancy1 | October 29, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

It seems like it is a combination of Bino being a great recruiter and Nick Faust having a very good head on his shoulders regarding his development as a player. Nick Faust commits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQuGKPM3YIE

Posted by: jake177 | October 29, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Recruiting geeks are the worst. It's always something with them. If it's not how highly touted a player is, it's where they came from that's there issue (outside Maryland area). One thing the recruiting geeks absolutely hate: those little things called "facts."

Gary has never had an issue landing highly touted recruits. In the last decade, he has put together top 25 recruiting classes each and every year in which we had more than a 1-player class, including multiple top 5 classes. Ah but that's not good enough right? You recruiting geeks would prefer more travis garrisons, more danny millers, more mike jones--all of whom were McDonalds All Americans...but me, I'll take more juan dixons, more lonnie baxters, steve blakes, chris wilcox, joe smith, dj strawberry, greivis vasquez, jordan williams...you know, those All ACC studs that weren't blue chippers coming out of high school. Seems to me that Gary knows a little more about evaluating talent than the "experts" who come up with the recruiting rankings.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 29, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Did someone actually post that Gary didn't care? Are you kidding me? He might not be willing to play the dirty recruiting games but Gary outworks every coach around during the season. Coach K brings in 8 all americans each year and you never hear about of them. Gary brings in athletes every year and make them better than when they got here.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | October 29, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

This is some very good news. Be happy with it. A pick-up in recruiting would be very welcome. All of you Koolaid drinkers are so defensive about GW and you just can't see the talent deficit (not coaching deficit) we have been living with compared to elite programs for some time. So, take a breath and hope that GW has been listening to people like me who want us to get much better! Be happy people!

Posted by: petecard | October 29, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What!! We caught Duke and NC sleeping?

Posted by: fearturtle44 | October 29, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh happy, happy day. I have not been this excited about GW signing a top recruit since....Mike Jones (who I thought might be one and done and I am dead serious about being excited back when the news broke that he signed). I've learned not to believe much of the hype regarding recruits until I see them play for myself - thus you've read me rave about big skinny Berend the shot blocker and his low post scoring moves. Faust is in the same position as MP as a three/two so it will be interesting to see how that plays out - especially if JW leaves early and we have one of them out of position playing 4 a la Milbourne (with JP in the post??).

We need a steady stream of bigs and PGs - so I am more excited about this year's class of newbies. No doubt this is great news and helps justify Bino's hiring. Great job, Bino, Booth and GW as well as the current players who helped in his recruitment. Now get us another big!!!

Happy, happy day. Please resume the usual sniping and I'm sure our friend in socal is celebrating as well.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 29, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey Barno, tell us again how great the Fridge has been recruiting since he ran out of Vanderlinden's kids.

Posted by: shanks1 | October 29, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Gary Williams doesn't want elite talent WHY? because they tend to be one and done or that are uncoachable(is that a word?) anyway you get my drift, he want's players that are coachable. I'll tell you what he's a better recruiter than that guy at G'town.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 29, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Was Gary a good or bad recruiter when we went to back to back final fours and won the title? If he was good, what year exactly did he become a bad recruiter? Please give specifics so I can inform my fellow tailgaters tomorrow that are not as smart as some of the posters on this site.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 29, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Excellent news! Very happy for Gary and the Terps! A very solid foundation for the next few years...

Cheers!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 29, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Shanks1...if UMD was smart, they would be looking out towards the Chesapeake Bay at the Naval Academy...there is a coach (earning 500k) who has proven the ability to coach/win with all the disadvantages a military academy provide....offer him $1M salary to come to CP...Use the other million to pay off Franklin and in 1 season, he will have built a program in CP that will blow anything Fatty could have dreamt about into the weeds

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 29, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like UMD hired the wrong athletic director....I am sure tons of highly touted recruits would then flock to UMD to play in an offense that will never get them to the NFL.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

My take on the EP recruiting article is that Gary has chosen not to "swim in the same waters" as Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Rick Barnes, et al. I applaud him for this. It's not the one (or two) and done factor. It is the sleaze and pay-offs that he avoids. Remember, he took over a program under suspension because the previous coach was (supposedly) a top recruiter.

Posted by: dnoboyle | October 29, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

garrett...your negativity and "it will never work" attitude is exactly the type of mentality that keeps mediocre people like fridge running UMD....the bottom line is that Navy came to Baltimore with a slower, mostly undersized team and shut down Fridges offense and basically blew his defense into the weeds

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 29, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

We beat Navy, twice.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 29, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Last time I looked this post was about BASKETBALL! I will tell you garrett4 what has been the measure of bad recruiting: We haven't made the Sweet 16 in 8 years and, not that it matters, we didn't get one vote in the preseason poll. GW has done a fine job coaching up the players he did bring in, but there are MANY more schools whose programs have passed ours in their year-to-year performance and not all, not most, not even quite a few have had compliance issues. I am hoping that this signing is the first of many that will upgrade out talent.

Posted by: petecard | October 29, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"but there are MANY more schools whose programs have passed ours in their year-to-year performance and not all, not most, not even quite a few have had compliance issues."

I can count 6 "sweet-sixteen" schools in the last few years off the top of my head with NCAA violations:

LSU
Nova
Tenn
UCONN
USC
Memphis

Posted by: fushezzi | October 29, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Clarification: I posted the link to the video of the Faust commitment because I think Faust comes off as very solid guy and that is interesting to me. And as far as saying positive things about Bino, that to me is not an insult to Gary. The world is not a 'zero sum game' in reality. Credit for Bino does not equal slight of Gary. So if I was included in the mention of 'recruting geeks' I definitely reject that label.

Posted by: jake177 | October 29, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I think what it boils down to is do you want Gary to play the slippery game with the handlers and AAU guys?

I don't know the answer to this. I do not know Gary but he seems like he is stubborn enough that he would not want to change his approach to this. I am not sure which is better, win with a dirty program of one and done's or run a clean program that is inconsistent.

One thing is for sure, the downward slide that NCAA basketball is on is because of the one and done rule. Players should either be allowed to play NBA out of high school or they need to force players to play at least 2 years in college. It is a joke how the players barely get accepted and then withdrawal from classes as soon as the season is over.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 29, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

*withdraw

Posted by: garrett4 | October 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

No Gary Williams, no national championship. I don't blame Gary for not liking to recruit. Who wants to stand in some 17 year old kids living room and try to B.S. him and his mother?

Posted by: randysbailin | October 30, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Bino.............

Posted by: iamasofaking | October 30, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have an up and up recruiting process then the shady stuff that goes on at most campuses.

Maryland every year is told they can't compete and they do and look at last year and the players we had...none of them were highly recruited. Look at our 2002-03 National Championship team.

I'd take this over going after guys who think they are 'entitled' to play/win like the crappy top class we got with Canter-Medley, Garrison and so on.

Posted by: cavatellie | November 4, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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