Krys Faber Enjoyed Minnesota Visit

Krys Faber, a 6-foot-10 center from Los Angeles (CA) Ribet Academy, visited Minnesota last weekend and came away very impressed with the campus and coaching staff. 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," a Division I coach said.

Faber visited Northern Illinois and had a visit planned to Tulsa, but decided to cancel the visit. SMU, Washington State (which is off the table with the Cougars getting a commitment last night), Utah, UC Riverside and San Francisco had also expressed interest in Faber.

Middlebrooks said Faber really enjoyed his visit to Minnesta.

"Krys is very excited about the possibility of being a Gopher," Middlebrooks said. "He fell in love with the campus and the city. Krys felt it reminded him a lot of home, just with less traffic and he thinks he would be very comfortable there. Krys and Coach Smith spent a lot of quality time together during the visit and I think it solidified their relationship. I think it helped him being out there with another recruit. They were able to talk and bounce different ideas off each other. Minnesota definitely made a sound impression on Krys.

"Krys was very impressed with the business school and liked the unique playing floor at the arena. He liked the current players a lot and was positively impacted by their seriousness about being great players. Krys liked the energy on the campus and the school spirit. Krys just felt it was a place where he can see himself.

"At this point, Krys and his family are really thinking about the various options on the table. Krys will not take anymore visits at this point because the official high school season starts this Saturday. A lot has happened in a short period of time so the family is digesting everything and wants to be sure they are making a sound decision. Whether that means an early or late signing, I can't be 100 percent sure, but the thought right now is to wait until the spring, which was the original plan. Krys is focused on his academics and having a great senior season."

Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor has been out to California twice to see Faber.

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.

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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