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August 23, 2010

Quick update on City guard Nick Faust

nick-faust-bmore-hoops.jpg The summer of Nick Faust is finally drawing to a close.

The rising senior shooting guard from City spent the past three months traveling the country on the AAU circuit with Nike Baltimore Elite. He started the summer as a regional recruit just outside several scouting services’ Top 100 lists, but has ended his vacation as a potential Top 25 prospect nationally.

Faust was back in Baltimore on Saturday for the 6th Anniversary Celebration, earning the sportsmanship award at the showcase all-star game. Now Faust’s attention is turning back to school, where he hopes to lead City to its third straight Class 2A state championship.

“I guess I’m ready to go back. I’m still in my summer mode,” he said with a laugh.

Shortly after the Knights won the state title in March, Faust sported offers from just three high-major schools: Oregon State, Penn State and South Florida. Nearly five months later, Faust has trouble keeping track of his scholarship offers. The list of schools under consideration is a long one.

“Maryland, Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Florida State, Marquette, Oregon State, UMass, several other schools, also. It’s a big list,” Faust said.

A second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection as a junior, Faust said he plans to take a visit to College Park soon. He doesn’t have a favorite school.

“I’m still wide open right now,” Faust said. “I’m going to narrow it down, probably in the next couple days, to a top seven.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Nick Faust by Gene Sweeney Jr. / March 16, 2010

Posted by Matt Bracken at 1:59 PM | | Comments (13)


According to, A source close to Faust recently said that "Faust is going to end up at Maryland." I really believe that we are going to land this kid. It would be our best recruit since Stevie Franchise! Come to Maryland Nick!!!

Nick come to Maryland Adrian Coxson is there. Make it a City to Maryland thing. You will be a perfect fit there.

Luke -

Stop that nonsense now !!!!!! Please don't compare Nick to Steve Francis.

Don't get caught up in the his numerical ranking. (Believe the highest is16th by You gotta remember ther are a lot of things to consider - does he
fit into a flex offense / will he work hard enough for G. Williams liking. No way he has a better career than Juan Dixon.

Matt - Saw Faust play on a national level a few times and just not sure if he is a

can't miss talent. Could be a stud at a low Big East / Low ACC / A -10.

Matt - does the hype equal the talent....

Multiple Sports -- He's ranked 41 by Scout and 42 by Rivals, so it's not like he's a consensus five-star guy. ESPN might have him in the top 20. You've probably seen him play more than I have, but I absolutely think he's got the work ethic to make it, and his improvement over the past couple years is pretty staggering. I see your point about the hype, but I still like his chances to have a good career at a high-major school.

He's a nice kid but no real heart. Saw him play football when he attended John Carroll HS in Bel Air as a soph and he is very soft.

He doesn't have the killer in him to play at a high D1 level.

Again, nice kid but nor ACC material.

Heart? In the most important game of the year at Comcast, this young man took over and sealed the deal against a team that is alleged to have multiple D-I athletes on the team.

Nick Faust can play..If you know anything about the flex, with his ability to shoot coming off some great screens...If the Lord blesses him with good health he will be an outstanding player at the next level. No need to compare him to Steve or Juan or anyone else. Just let him be the best Nick Faust..

OK Matt now with Dorian Finney out of the mix, things look a bit better regarding Faust. Finney was a combo 2/3. Don't think Faust can play a 3 in the ACC.

Pete - I agree with you completely. As i stated before I just don't see him as a big time player at UM. He could turn out to have a career similar to what Dino Gregory has done.

Just think Nick could be a stud at a A-10/ Conf. USA school...... just not ACC / Big East.

Let's not forget Nick couldn't cut it at the MIAA level. How do you expect him to play in the ACC if he had to move to a lower level of high school?

WHOA !!!!!!!

Let's be fair. No one else has said that Nick couldn't cut it in the MIAA. I think we might have to agree that JC wasn't the best fit for him. Could he play and be a stud in the BCL/MIAA absolutely!!!!

The original post here said he would be best recruit since Francis.

Once again - don't think he is type of player to help of U of M get past Duke/UNC.

i have seen Nick play up close and in person. he is not soft as one quote said. i have seen play tough defense and score very well. he and Maryland would be perfect fits. i hope he goes there. he could be the player of the year in Baltimore.

Matt -

While Greg Lewis is listed as a center,

I see him more along the lines of a PF / 4.

He doesn't seem comfortable with his back to the basket.

He will end of at USF....

Previous post said he wanted him to go
to U of M.

Not the type of player to get MD to the Sweet 16 / Elite 8.

Matt - Have you ever considered going to

a "big time" hs event / or an AAU event in the summer to see how these players stack up against the best ?????

Multiple Sports -- Agreed on Lewis. He's more of a 4. If I had to guess, I'd probably say South Florida, too. But I wouldn't be shocked by Rutgers. I'd love to go to a "big-time" AAU event, but doing this blog is maybe 15% of my job here, and there's no way The Sun would pay for my travel. It would be great if there was a big event in Md.

in reading some of the past quotes one i missed was that Nick couldn't cut it in the MIAA that he had to play down a level. give me a break. MIAA is not all that compared to the game played in the public school system and the schedule that City played. better press does not mean better basketball. Nick more than held his own against Lake Clifton, Edmondson, and Dunbar. the kid is a D-1 player and at a school like Maryland he will excell. if he can play for Mike Daniels he can play for Gary Williams. as for comparisons Steve played one year, here's hoping Nick stays longer.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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