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Saturday / March 17.
  • Gibbs, Faust Will Seek Releases in Wake of Retirement

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    Maryland signees Sterling Gibbs and Nick Faust will seek releases from their National Letters of Intent in the wake of the news that head coach Gary Williams is retiring.

    “Yes, I will reopen with Nick Faust,” Gibbs, a point guard out of Seton Hall Prep, said by text.

    Both will have to get permission from the school to look elsewhere after signing NLIs, something that has become more common in recent years.

    “It used to be that even if the school granted them a release it was only a conditional release,” said New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski. “They couldn’t play the following year and they’d only have three years of eligbility.

    “They’re much more liberal now. It used to be that it was very hard to get out of and now it’s not.”

    Faust, a 6-6, 175-pound shooting guard from Baltimore City College High, originally picked Maryland over Oregon State, Florida State, Marquette and Villanova.

    The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibbs also considered DePaul, Indiana, Pitt, Rutgers, St. John’s and Seton Hall.

    Gibbs confirmed a report that Williams would hang it up after a 33-year career in which he posted a 668-380 record and led the Terps to the 2002 NCAA championship.

    “Yeah, he’s retiring,” he said.

    Maryland assistant Robert Ehsan will reportedly take over for Williams on an interim basis.

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    • AZ,

      The folks in the West heard that Ben Howland of ucla has been reached out to.

      Looks like Ben is ready to leave back east.


    • Alot of talk out West…

      Is Debbie Yow saying that the NC State job is better than the Maryland opening?

      Bottom Feeder teams in the weak ACC.


    • SiJesse, what do you make of Coombs-McDaniel leaving UConn?

    • Gibbs to Seton Hall would solidify an already strong but very young backcourt. Cosby and Gibbs playing together for four years would put Seton Hall back on the college basketball map. They would still have alot of depth with Grennan and Wilson coming off the bench.

    • no way does ben howland go back east jessie. thats just stupid. you don’t leave one of the top 5 programs for maryland. pull your head out.

    • who is this person? jlv.

      fucla is not a TOP5 program… everyone in the west is laughing at you. fucla wasn’t even a Top25 ,this past season.

      fucla is falling on hard times and its downfall is expected to continue.

      But, I do agree about Maryland possibly being the worse team in the ACC (no recruits and forthcoming transfers.)

      Did Debbie Y. really say that NC ST is no longer the bottom feeder team. Maryland has that honor…lmao

    • AZ,

      Any truth to the following?
      No one in the West is believing Balti news.
      Zero cred.

      Did Maryland/Anderson contact Miller without prior approval? Looking like illegal contact by the east school.