Krys Faber Gets Visit from Tubby Smith

Krys Faber, a 6-foot-10 center from Los Angeles (CA) Ribet Academy, received a visit from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith Thursday, according to his high school coach William Middlebrooks. Faber visited the Gophers and considered signing, but decided to wait to until April before making his college choice. Middlebrooks let GoldenSports.Net know the latest on his recruitment.

Krys Faber averaged an impressive 15.8 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots this season as the Frogs finished 13-14, losing to Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian 55-54 in the playoffs. The Frogs are a Division 3AA team, but played a schedule of mostly Division 1A teams and finished 7-3 in league play.

His coach, William Middlebrooks, said that Tubby Smith visited Faber Thursday.

"The visit went very well. It was a positive step," Middlebrooks said.

Middlebrooks said that Faber is trying to narrow down his recruitment.

"He is going to look at two more visits. He is not sure yet where he will visit. We will determine that this weekend. He has 10 schools and we hope to get it down to five. He is looking at Notre Dame, St. John's and UCLA among others. Jerry Wainwright, head coach at DePaul, is visiting tomorrow."

Middlebrooks said that the two schools he visited this fall are still the two favorites.

"It is still Minnesota and Northern Illinois. He plans to announce and decide on his school on signing day. He'll let the school know a few days before the signing day."

Faber put up big numbers, despite constant double- and triple-teaming and an injury, Middlebrooks recently told GoldenSports.Net.

"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," he said.

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."

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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