A recurring series where we’ll interview and examine Maryland recruiting targets in all sports. Today, Baltimore City College High School star shooting guard Nick Faust.
Class of: 2011
Ratings: Four stars, #41 on Scout, Four stars, #42 on Rivals, 97 overall grade on ESPN
Faust is one of those guys that started out as someone that only people in Maryland really knew about, and now has exploded onto the national scene. He’s been very happy with that change, saying “It’s definitely good, I’ve been just working hard every game and now it’s paid off.”
In terms of current NBA players, Faust compares himself to Carmelo Anthony. It’s easy to see the resemblance – the rising senior is a long, lean scorer who has a sweet jumpshot and is a threat at all times with the ball. He said there’s always room for improvement, however, and wants to work on his mid-range game and his defense.
This year, Faust has three goals – 1) Win a state championship, 2) Win the Baltimore city championship, and 3) Be named player of the year.
He said he is going to shorten his list to seven very soon, and start making official visits. When asked what he wants in a school, Faust said “I’m looking for a great relationship with the coach and I want to make an impact as a freshman.”
He has already scheduled a visit to Louisville on September 4th, and says he also plans to visit at least Maryland, Marquette, and Florida, and is working out the timing of those now.
The three front runners seem to be Louisville, Maryland and Marquette, and Faust said the Terps will “definitely” be in his final seven. The wing has been contacted by coach Gary Williams as well as assistant coach Keith Booth and new assistant coach Bino Ranson. Ranson has been in Faust’s life since he was eight or nine, and Faust described it as a “mentoring relationship. He’s helped me to keep working. I would definitely say that’s an upside for Maryland, because of my relationship with him.”
Faust expects to make his decision around November 15th, before the season starts.
Guesstimation for likelihood of becoming a Terp – 65%. Right now, it looks like Maryland is the favorite with the at-home connection as well as Faust’s relationship to Ranson. However, Louisville and Marquette are both very good recruiting programs and Faust could be pursued by even bigger schools this year. Currently, it looks good for the Terps though.