Louisville jumps in with rising 2011 SG Faust

Nick Faust, a surprising standout at the NBA Top 100 Camp and King City Classic, has caught the attention of elite college coaches this month, including Louisville's Rick Pitino. Faust spoke with InsideTheVille.com about the Cardinals recent interest.

Nick Faust, a 6'5, 175-pound shooting guard from Baltimore, MD, turned in outstanding performances at the NBA Top 100 Camp and King City Classic this summer and big-time college coaches have noticed.

A four-star prospect rated the No. 18 shooting guard in the nation, Faust likely will see his ranking on the rise after finishing sixth in scoring at the NBA Top 100 Camp and leading his team to the championship. He also turned in an excellent performance at the King City Classic, nailing a barrage of three's from all over the court.

Before bursting onto the national scene this summer, Penn State, Maryland, UNLV and Marquette were the schools ahead of the curve. Now, as the second July evaluation session begins, Faust has interest from Louisville, Florida, Kansas, Tennessee and Villanova.

"It's been going great," Faust told InsideTheVille.com. "I've been working very hard to improve and it‘s starting to pay off."

Though his recruitment has intensified in recent days, Faust is still trying to sort it all out.

"I'm still wide open," Faust said. "All this [recruiting] stuff is just now happening and I haven't had time to even think about where I want to go to college. It's been overwhelming. But it seems like a big accomplishment to me to have these schools now recruiting me."

What has been the feedback from college coaches?

"They all say I would fit in their offense and that I shoot it really well," Faust said.

There's no question Faust can light it up from downtown. And though he's proven himself this summer as one of the elite long range shooters in the class, there's more to his game than jump shots.

"I have a well-rounded game," Faust said. "A lot of people think I'm only a shooter but I can go to the basket."

On the recruiting front, Kansas has jumped into the mix for Faust's services. Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley told Faust he could help right away in Lawrence.

"They offered me yesterday," Faust said. "They told me about the school and the opportunity I had to come in there an impact them a lot as a freshman. It's a great look for me. Josh Selby is there and he would be a great teammate to have."

Louisville also has expressed interest in Faust. Though Faust hasn't spoken with Rick Pitino, he has heard from assistant Tim Fuller, who saw the high-scoring guard in action in Cleveland.

"Louisville just came on," Faust said. "That's another great look for me. They said they're looking for a scorer right away and I could come in and play a big role. I have actually talked to two or three of their [assistant] coaches at once, but Coach Pitino was out of town."

Though Maryland, the home town team, was one of the first schools to recruit Faust, the Terrapins aren't a lock to land his commitment.

"I'm going to go wherever suits me, whether it's a close or far," Faust said.

Villanova, Kansas, Tennessee, Oregon State, UMass, Marquette, Clemson, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland told Faust they will be tracking him in Florida during the last evaluation session.

"Probably after the summer I'll start narrowing it down," Faust said. "I have to have a great relationship with the coach and be able to come in and make a big impact as a freshman. Obviously I want to win a [national] championship. And they have to have a good business school because that's what I want to take."


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