Krys Faber Picks DePaul over Minnesota

Krys Faber, a 6-foot-10 center from L.A. (CA) Ribet Academy, has made his college choice and will play for DePaul next season. GoldenSports.Net caught up with his high school coach, William Middlebrooks, Wednesday night and he said that a decision could come in a day or two. He decided to pull the trigger and commit to DePaul over Minnesota. Middlebrooks let GoldenSports.Net know the latest news.

Krys Faber visited Minnesota in the fall and considered signing, but decided to wait to until April before making his college choice.

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.

Faber visited Northern Illinois and Minnesota in the fall and St. John's and South Florida were hoping to get a visit in the next two weeks. UCLA, USC and Indiana were also involved in his recruiting.

Middlebrooks said that Faber enjoyed his visit to DePaul this past weekebnd.

"He had to pick one school and he picked DePaul," Middlebrooks said. "He signed his letter of intent tonight and will fax it in tomorrow. My phone has been ringing off the hook as I have been trying to let all the coaches know."

In fact, Middlebrooks' phone died on our second conversation of the night.

Middlebrooks said that Faber enjoyed his visit to Minnesota, but was not ready to sign in the early signing period.

"Coach (Tubby) Smith was not able to get out to see him until January," Middlebrooks said. "Before then, he had only been seen by Gopher assistant Vince Taylor. By waiting, he was able be seen and his rankings went up. If he wanted to sign with the first team that was on him, he would have signed with Northern Illinois."

Middlebrooks said that he talked to Coach Smith tonight to break the news.

"He took the news well. He appreciated that I called him to tell him the news," he said.

Minnesota signed two big men in Colton Iverson and Ralph Sampson Jr. in the early signing period. The Gophers were hoping 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. They could save their scholarship for next year with Verdell Jones, a point guard from Champaign who visited the same weekend as Faber, continuing to look at additional schools.

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