Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs reopen recruitments
One day after Maryland introduced Mark Turgeon as its new men's basketball coach, the Terps' 2011 recruiting class dwindled from three members to zero.
City shooting guard Nick Faust and Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs both said Thursday that they were granted releases from their letters of intent. Maryland’s third class of 2011 signee, German forward Martin Breunig, requested to be released from his letter of intent Wednesday, according to InsideMDSports.com.
Faust said Thursday he has considered reopening his recruitment “ever since Gary [Williams] retired. Me and my parents have just been talking to see what the best fit is, basically just going to make the right decision and [figure out] where I want to go from here.”
Gibbs also discussed his options with his family before going forward with his request.
“We just felt that it was in our best interest to just explore our options,” Gibbs said. “Maryland is still my top priority. But I just want to make sure that it was the best fit for me.”
Faust said he didn’t have a specific list of schools, but he is “definitely still considering” Maryland. Aside from the Terps, the 6-foot-5 senior said he’ll wait and “see whoever calls.” Faust, a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection this year, said his conversations with Turgeon have been positive.
“He’s a great guy, great coach,” Faust said. “I told him that I just wanted to do this to make sure I go to the best place for me. … I know he respected that. He gave me the option of being able to weigh my options. I respect him for that also.”
Gibbs said his AAU coach, Gary Charles of the New York Panthers, was fielding calls from interested colleges. Charles told SNY.tv that Dayton, Louisville, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall and Texas were among the programs that inquired about Gibbs.
“It was definitely a rough decision because when I signed my letter of intent, I signed with Gary Williams,” Gibbs said. “When I heard he retired, it was definitely tough to try to develop a relationship with someone who I don’t know and someone who hardly knows me within a couple days.”
Still, Gibbs said he has had “a couple good conversations” with Turgeon, and reiterated that “Maryland is still my top priority.” While his AAU coach handles the recruiting process, Gibbs plans to stay in touch with Faust.
“I’ve definitely been talking to Nick just about every day,” Gibbs said. “And we’ve just been trying to talk it out. He’s pretty much doing the same thing, just making sure that Maryland is the right place.”