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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Recruits Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs Make It Official

By Liz Clarke

With Nick Faust and Sterling Gibbs signing their national letters-of-intent and making official their plans to attend Maryland next season, Coach Gary Williams was at liberty to talk publicly about them Tuesday.

And in the case of Faust, a 6-6 shooting guard from Baltimore City College High School, the coach suggested that a relatively late growth spurt ended up helping the youngster stand out among his peers.

“Nick is one of those players that was small growing up, so nobody tried to make him a forward,” Williams said Tuesday. “He was a very good ball-handler; a little guy. And all the sudden he grew six inches. So now he’s 6-6, and he still has his ball-handling skills. That’s why he’s one of the top 40 players in the country, because he has that ability and that size.”

Williams said he suspected that Faust was drawn to Maryland, in part, because of the success enjoyed by a series of Baltimore-area products before him: Among them:
Keith Booth, Juan Dixon, Sean Mosley and Dino Gregory.

Gibbs is a 6-1 point guard from Seton Hall Prep in Scotch Plains, N.J.

By Liz Clarke  | November 16, 2010; 5:06 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Gary Williams, Maryland basketball, Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs, recruiting  
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Would like to hear what he had to say about Gibbs

Posted by: DMoney28 | November 16, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see how the guard competition shakes out in the next couple of years.

Speaking of guards, #4 Pitt on Thursday's going to be tough. Terps will need disciplined ballhandling and tight D on the Pitt guards to stay in it. Looking forward to seeing how they hold up against a top team. Hopefully better than the Skins.

Posted by: MrScrotums | November 16, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I great to see local talent commit to UM for a change. Nice going Gary!

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | November 17, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

DMoney- here's a quote from the Diamondback.
Gibbs is the nation's No. 23 point guard, according to ESPN, and the younger brother of Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs.

"Sterling is a very smart point guard who has played against outstanding competition," Williams said. "Sterling plays the game in such a way that makes his team better. He's a winner, and that is what we look for in our recruits."

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | November 17, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Could not possibly care less where the talent comes from, whether it's Baltimore or Zimbabwe is and should be irrelevant, but always good to see we got a guy who just had a 6 inch growth spurt.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"I great to see local talent commit to UM for a change."

-Sean Mosley was the Baltimore Player of the Year last year and Gatorade Player of the state of Maryland. Is Baltimore no longer in Maryland??

-Andrian Bowie was a local All Met.

-Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes were both local All Mets.

Gus Gilchrist was an All Met

Dave Neal, hard as it may be to believe, was a local All Met.

James Gist was a great high school player at Good Counsel and 2-time All Acc

John Gilchrist was one of the best PGs ever to come out of the state of Virginia.

Travis Garrison was a McDonalds All American coming out of Dematha.

Chris McCray was a 2-time All Met.

Steve Francis, who went to Montgomery Blair, was one of the best players in the country.

Juan Dixon and Lonnie Baxter weren't highly touted but both were local. And both were 3-time All ACC players.

Keith Booth was a top flight recruit out of Baltimore (again, is Baltimore not local?)

Joe Smith was local and was good enough to become the first player picked in the NBA draft.

That's just to name a few...But yeah, it's so good to see Gary 'finally' getting local guys for a change. But to the recruiting geeks I ask you this: Should Gary have not recruited Jordan Williams because he came from Connecticut? Should we have not have brought DJ Strawberry to MD because he was from Cali? Lastly, do those who complain about not getting local recruits ever think before speaking?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Note to Barno1: Way to drop da hamma on dat bamma!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 17, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Garo1 is back with more thin-skinned reactions, turning a nice compliment by clandestintomcat into a word parsing rant. Let me set the record straight for you, Garo. We have had some very nice players over the years. We will take them from anywhere. It is nice to have a very strong hold on your home region. WE NEED MORE TOP PLAYERS THAN WE HAVE BEEN GETTING! Let's hope that we get them because we want to be an elite program again and get to a Sweet 16 for the first time in 8 years. I will be at the game either tomorrow night or Friday night and it will be interesting to see how we do. Beating Pitt tomorrow night would be sweet, but that can't be expected. Winning a game in NYC would be very nice. We aren't exactly a young team, but this group is clearly learning how to play together.

Posted by: petecard | November 17, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

This is terrific, but I'm currently concerned that a certain coach in the land of thoroughbreds is trying to muscle in on our next terrific center, Mr. Baru. Cal, you already have Davis, schew off!!!

Posted by: terptek | November 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

petecard, where you sittin? Mind if I send Fushezzi over to your seats for a Terp Insider group photo?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 17, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be caught dead with either of you idiots. We will be both in a suite and courtside courtesy of a professional league whose name will remain confidential. I wouldn't ever want to meet you. Remember my post about fraternity rush? You would have been in the group we took on tour to the boiler room. Grab the beanie with the propeller... it fits you perfectly...

Posted by: petecard | November 17, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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