Many people wondered what would happen to Maryland’s recruiting class when the Terps found their new coach, whether their commits would stay with Maryland or seek releases from their letters of intent, well now we know.
Top 50 shooting guard Nick Faust (#38) and point guard Sterling Gibbs have both been officially released from their letters of intent today while power forward Martin Breunig‘s release is still in the works. “With the coaching change I just felt it would be best to open things up and see where the best fit is,” Faust said. “It was a big shock to me when Coach [Gary] Williams retired.” If Breunig, who committed to Maryland a few months ago, gets out of his release, Maryland will have no commits in the class of 2011.
However, both Faust and Gibbs have said that the Terps are still on their list. “I am definitely still considering Maryland,” said Gibbs. “I want to look at all of my options and see what the best fit for me and my family is.” Adds Faust, “He’s [new head coach Mark Turgeon] a great guy, great coach. I told him that I just wanted to do this to make sure I go to the best place for me… I know he respected that. He gave me the option of being able to weigh my options. I respect him for that also.”
Faust, the second highest rated unsigned prospect left in the class of 2011, has only officially visited Maryland in the fall so he has four left. Before becoming a Terp, he took in home visits with South Florida, Marquette, Oregon State and Florida State.
As for Gibbs, very many schools have contacted him since he opened his recruitment back up. According to his high school coach, Gary Charles, Louisville, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Texas, Providence and Dayton are among the schools he’s considering.
Keep in mind that Gibbs and Faust are close friends who have been in contact almost everyday since Williams retired so they very well could be a package deal.