The University of Maryland men’s basketball program received good news today when Baltimore shootingguard Nick Faust verbally committed to the Terps. The 6’5″ Faust rocketed up recruiting lists in the past year, especially with strong performances at an NBA camp and on the AAU circuit. Recruiting experts rank Faust anywhere from the top 25 to 45 in the nation and he appears to have the game to back up the praise. Faust has drawn comparisons to Reggie Miller and Steph Curry, not only for his deep shooting ability, but also for his wiry frame. Perhaps Fausts’ greatest asset is his hunger and competitiveness on the court. Faust has a killer instinct that reminds many of another former Terp from Baltimore, Juan Dixon. The question is, can Faust lead the Terps to the same heights as Dixon. He seems to think so.
Faust is the most highly regarded recruit since Gary Williams recruited Mike Jones to Maryland, and it is huge that Faust comes from Baltimore. You could argue that, before Sean Mosley, the Terps have not gotten a top player from Baltimore since Keith Booth. The Terps now seem to be building momentum recruiting an city that consistently produces elite talent. A lot of the credit in the Faust recruitment goes to newly hired assistant coach, Bino Ranson. Ranson has strong ties to the Baltimore scene and it seems like his presence made it that much easier for Faust to choose the Terps.
Faust is just one player, but you add him to the mix of Mosley, Jordan Williams, newcomers Mychal Parker, Terrell Stoglin, Pe’shon Howard, as well as fellow 2011 recruit Sterling Gibbs and the Terps could be just a player or two away from making a run. The back court is certainly settled for years to come. It appears that Williams has the pieces in place to make a strong push at the end of his career, including the type of recruiting it will take to reach the heights of the 2002 championship team.