While the last few weeks for the Stanford recruitment of Byron Faison has been a waiting game, that is not to say that the Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood High School rising senior has been idle. The 6'1" guard recently attended camps at both Wake Forest (June 12-13) and Auburn (June 16-17). While the thrust of our contemplation and reports on Faison has been focused on him as a shooting guard for the Cardinal, he demonstrated a wider versatility in recent weeks while he was on display at a pair of college camps.
"I shot pretty good at the Wake Forest camp. One game I didn't score a lot, but I was in total control of the game. They said I did a good job at the point," he shares. "At Auburn it was pretty much the same - good defense and shot the ball. I mostly played the point at both camps."
"Both of them said they are looking for a guy who could put the ball in the hole but bring the ball up and set up the offense," Faison continues. "At camps I play at the 'one.' With my AAU team, I play the 'two.' I can play either one. Colleges are always asking if I can play the point, and I tell them I can. I don't know if I will play the one or two in college. I guess we'll see. Most colleges don't care - just figure it out when I get there."
The South Carolina scorer was on display for the Demon Deacons and Tigers to evaluate, but they, too, were scrutinized by Faison during his time at their camps. He came away with plenty he enjoyed at both schools.
"Wake Forest - I liked it a lot. I liked playing in their gym a lot, and the campus was really nice," he describes. "I think I liked the Auburn campus more, but I liked the Wake Forest gym more. I thought both of their coaching staffs were impressed, so we'll see."
No sooner did Faison finish that tour of camps than he was met by the beginning of the summer NCAA calling period. College coaches can now call rising senior prospective student-athletes, no more than once per week and with a maximum number of calls over the period. Faison heard from Trent Johnson at Stanford, plus a few other schools.
"I heard from a lot of mid-majors. Old Dominion. East Carolina. Wofford. Not too many majors, but they are emailing and sending me a lot of mail," he reports.
An important topic of conversation between the Cardinal and Faison has centered around his Stanford admissions application. He finished and submitted all of the essays and paperwork, though this past week brought the long-awaited news of his SAT retake score. Faison did not achieve the bump in his score he had desired.
"I sent in my application, but I don't know yet if I got in," he offers. "My [June SAT] score was about the same as last time. I thought I was all signed up for the [June] ACT, too, but I wasn't. Stanford said they aren't in any rush."
"Next time they offer it, I'll take both the SAT and ACT in the fall," Faison adds.
Up next for the high-rising guard is a trio of tournaments with his South Carolina Ravens squad at the Peach Jam, AAU Super Showcase and AAU Nationals. He is still waiting to hear if he will be invited to the upcoming Nike All-American Camp.
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