JOHN: Faison playing well, drawing attention

Byron Faison has been burning it up in the AAU circuit. He has been attacting the attention of a number of Division I programs including UK. KSR spoke with Byron and his dad, Carl, and we learned about a new school on his list, one he plans to visit in May.

Byron Faison is one of those young men whose stock has been meteorically rising over the last few weeks. At the recent Boo Williams tournament, Faison impressed recruiting expert Dave Telep with his athleticism and outside shooting, dropping in 26 points in one game.

Faison continued to build his stock and turn the heads of onlookers in the Kingwood Classic in Houston. Faison bombed away from downtown and burned defenders using his quick first step to blow past them. He led transition breaks and made good decisions dishing the rock or finishing with a thunderous slam.

Faison said Kentucky was one of the schools that began contacting him early, but Byron is not short of suitors, "They said they really liked me. Kentucky was one of the first few schools to begin mailing me," Faison said, "but I haven't heard much from them lately."

Based on the way he has been playing early in this AAU season, expect that to change, "He has really improved his defense," the elder Faison said, "He can really give the other team's guards a real headache."

He certainly gives opposing coaches a headache on the offensive end. Byron can really fill it up from the outside, penetrate and create off the dribble, leading many observers to believe that he is pure 2G, "Byron plays the 2G position on this South Carolina Ravens team, because that is what his coach, Dion Bethea needs him to do," Carl said, "but he plays the point on his high school team. Byron is comfortable at either guard position."

Carl attends many of Byron's games and encourages him from the stands, "Make something happen, B," Carl shouted at one point. Byron responded by picking the pocket of an opposing guard and beating two defenders down the down for a authoritative slam.

"He needs to play more aggressively at times," Carl added.

At 6-foot-1 Byron might draw some Tony Delk analogies for Kentucky fans. Like Tony Byron is smallish for a 2G but also like the current NBAer this youngster moves well with or without the ball, and plays much bigger than his height would indicate.

As far as his school considerations, there is a new suitor for his services, "Stanford has been recruiting me," said Faison, "and I am interested."

Stanford appears on a list that is already filled with Division I programs. On Saturday the list given was Kentucky, North Carolina State, Florida State, Auburn and Virginia Tech as well as what might now be considered the front runner, Stanford.

"We plan to visit Stanford in May," Carl Faison added. "Stanford is a great school. They have great academics. Byron is a good student. It's early. At this point he is open."

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