CA Center Krys Faber Gets Gopher Interest

Krys Faber, a 6-foot-10 center from Los Angeles (CA) Ribet Academy, is gaining interest from several top programs, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Faber's head coach William Middlebrooks to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Krys Faber was named first-team All-Harbor League after averaging 12.5 rebounds per game last season. He led the Ribet Fighting Frogs (get it) to a 16-12 mark as they went 7-3 in Harbor League play (second overall) and 2-1 in the playoffs. They advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA Quarterfinals.

Faber is a player who has been described as a "long, athletic big man who runs the floor and has unlimited upside. He is a sleeper who is under the radar," recently by a Division I coach.

Faber, according to Middlebrooks, has scholarship offers from Tulsa, SMU, Washington State (which is off the table with the Cougars getting a commitment last night), Utah, Northern Illinois, UC Riverside and San Francisco.

Middlebrooks said that St. John's is among schools that recently expressed in interest in Faber.

Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor has been out to California twice to see Faber and the Gophers are close to offering the sleeper big man, according to Middlebrooks.

"They are in dialogue about that right now about offering a scholarship. They were just out here last week," Middlebrooks said.

Middlebrooks said that Faber is a solid student who plans to major in business management. Ribet Academy is considered one of the top five private schools in California.

"He has taken both the SAT and ACT and plans to take the SAT again this weekend, but he does have a score high enough right now on the SAT to qualify," he said.

Middlebrooks said that Faber is uncertain whether he will sign during the early signing period in November.

"Right now we are hoping to do something in the early period, but we may wait until the spring. It all depends because some other bigger schools are starting to inquire, so he may have to slow down. It really depends on the next couple weeks."

Middlebrooks said that Faber does not have a current favorite school.

"It is still kind of early right now. I think that most of it is going to come down to his campus visits. He is going to get it down to five or maybe as little as three and then do the campus visits."

Middlebrooks said that Faber is a player with many strengths.

"His work ethic. He works hard. He is a very, very good rebounder," he said. "I think that he will end up being a great rebounder. He can block some shots and run the floor. For a 6-foot-11 player, he can run. That's huge."

Middlebrooks said that his star center is working to improve his all-round game.

"He is going to have to work on his offense, his ability to score. He is going to have to work primarily on his footwork. A lot of it, he just struggles with his footwork and we are getting that together. It looks good in drills and we are just trying to get it to look like that in a game," Middlebrooks said.

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