Krys Faber Gets Game Visit from Tubby Smith

Krys Faber, a 6-foot-10 center from Los Angeles (CA) Ribet Academy, had 21 points and 20 rebounds in a 58-47 loss to Los Angeles Price in front of several college coaches, including USC's Tim Floyd and Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith, according to his coach, William Middlebrooks. Faber visited the Gophers and considered signing, but decided to wait to until April before making his college choice.

Krys Faber is averaging an impressive 16.8 points, 17.4 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots this season as the Frogs are off to a 12-11 start.

His coach, William Middlebrooks, said that college coaches from Nevada, Notre Dame, Columbia and UCLA were present for Faber's game versus Price, along with USC's Tim Floyd and Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith.

Middlebrooks said that UCLA head coach Ben Howland is expected to attend Faber's game Friday or next Wednesday.

Middlebrooks said that USC has shown increased interest with Kyle Austin recently leaving the program, giving the Trojans an extra scholarship.

"Tim Floyd had said if we can get it (a scholarship), we want to get in (the mix)," Middlebrooks said.

Faber is putting up big numbers, despite constant double- and triple-teaming and an injury, according to Middlebrooks.

"He has been playing with a hand injury. They let everyone beat on him, but when he breaths on someone, it is a foul. It's tough."

The Frogs are 12-11 this season, but the Division 3AA team is playing a schedule of mostly Division 1A teams.

"We play the best teams we can possibly play. We are 6-1 in league play and I don't see us going less than 8-2."

Ribet Academy is expected to land Malik Story, a USC commit who started the season at Oak Hill Academy. The 6-foot-5 wing will give them another scoring option that will likely help Faber.

Middlebrooks said that Faber was not nervous playing in front of the growing number of coaches.

"He definitely likes it," Middlebrooks said. "A lot of people were not touting him out. He recently received a McDonald's All-American nomination and is now ranked No. 23 (among centers by Scout.com). That was good."

Middlebrooks, who is originally from Detroit, said that he thinks Faber might be wise to play for a school in the Midwest.

"I think that he would be better served in the Big 10, which is more physical," he said. "I see Kevin Love and they don't just let him play. Krys is similar. I think that people will be very surprised when they see him in college."

Middlebrooks believes that the two schools that Faber visited in the fall are still in the lead.

"Minnesota and Northern Illinois are still where he is at right now. He'll make some visits after the season and get it down to four schools."

Middlebrooks said that Faber does not have a favorite quite yet.

"We decided we'll talk about it after the season and take it from there," he said.

Minnesota signed two big men in Colton Iverson and Ralph Sampson Jr. in the early signing period. The Gophers would like to sign an additional big man with Jonathan Williams, who will be a senior next season, being the lone returning player next year who is over 6-foot-8.


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