April was good to South Carolina guard Byron Faison. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Crestwood High School shined on both ends of the floor with his AAU team at a couple of evaluation events last month and now his recruitment is at an all time high. A number of high-major programs are inquiring and one Pac-10 school has crept to the top of his list.
Playing with the South Carolina Ravens, Faison has taken the role of being the defensive stopper. Sure he can score, but his best attribute is keeping the opposing scorers at bay.
"I've always been able to score so I wanted to show people that I can play both offense and defense," Faison said. "I wanted to show more to coaches. I want to be a complete player."
Coaches have certainly noticed. Faison is seeing that now with his recruitment climbing up a notch.
"Getting out there at the these tournaments really helped a lot," Faison said. "Stanford came out to my school. So did South Carolina. I'd say it's going really well. I'm just thankful for that. It's going better than I thought it would be going."
Faison said Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech have all entered the picture and shown a serious amount of interest since evaluating him at the Kingwood Classic. Trent Johnson and the Cardinal program has made a strong impression early on with the shooting guard.
"I like Stanford a lot. It's just a great school," Faison said. "They've got a real good business school and that is what I want to major in and the fact that they came all the way out here showed me that they were serious.
"Stanford is far and away the number one school with me right now."
Faison is quick to point out though that Kentucky is still very high on his list as well. He was recently on the campus of South Carolina during an evaluation event. Faison is currently holding scholarship offers from South Carolina State, Wright State and Wofford.