Weekly recruiting roundup
It didn't take long for Nick Faust to get comfortable at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.
The City shooting guard and Maryland target scored 17 points in the first game Thursday and followed that up with an eight-point performance later that night. After the first day of play, Faust is tied for seventh in scoring at the camp at 12.5 points per game.
One wouldn't call the skinny 6-foot-5 wing's jumper conventional, but Faust gets it off quickly and has legitimate NBA range already. He can score in transition and isn't one to back down. Would like to see him attack a little more off the dribble.
Baru has that potent combination of length, athleticism and a relentless motor. He rebounds outside of his area and is an aggressive shot blocker. Offensively, he will continue to put the pieces together.
Finally, Mikael Hopkins mentioned Syracuse, Kansas, West Virginia, Ohio State, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Texas, Miami, Villanova and Florida State.
• Maryland was one of many high-major programs to offer rising junior wing recruit J.P. Tokoto.
Just one minute after NCAA rules allowed coaches to call Class of 2012 prospects for the first time on Tuesday, [North Carolina coach Roy] Williams was on the phone with Tokoto, a 6-foot-6 wing from Monomonee Falls, Wis. Williams offered Tokoto a scholarship. By the end of the day, coaches from Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Miami and Texas also had called to offer scholarships.
Are there one or two aspects of your game you’re working on improving from now until the season tips off?
Conditioning and scoring because college guys are faster and stronger, so I have to be smarter in ways I score.
He will visit Seton Hall this weekend, and also plans on seeing Georgia Tech before the July recruiting period and Tennessee before he makes a decision. With that said, though, he’s not afraid to pull the trigger on making up his mind.
Smith agreed, saying: "I definitely want to do a good job to represent my school and my coaches back at Wilson. Without coach [Bret] Comp, I wouldn't be here. I go to Maryland on Sunday. So this is it for my high school career."
“Louisville, Maryland, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech are recruiting me the most,” Blake Countess said. “They send me handwritten notes and letters and email a lot too. They just keep in touch more than the others. All of them have been to see me at my school this spring too.”
• Phil Kornblut's weekly recruiting update has notes on several Terps targets, including McDonough, Ga., defensive back Ra’chard Pippens.
[Pippens] has offers from USC, Northwestern, Maryland, Stanford, Harvard, Indiana, Wake Forest and Mississippi State. USC is his top school, Pippens said, followed by Northwestern, Stanford, Maryland and Harvard. He was scheduled to camp at Georgia this past weekend and will go to Tennessee and Stanford later this month.
Gonzaga quarterback Kevin Hogan has narrowed his college choice to four schools, including the first school to offer him, Virginia. The rising senior, who was a second-team All-Met last season, also is considering Rutgers, Stanford and Vanderbilt, Gonzaga first-year coach Aaron Brady said.