BRANDYWINE – Justin Faison compares his game to Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics. “We are both undersized point guards, but we can score at a high rate quickly and take over a game at any moment,” Faison said. Faison, the Gwynn Park basketball star, plans to bring that similar style of play to Elizabeth […]
BRANDYWINE – Justin Faison compares his game to Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.
“We are both undersized point guards, but we can score at a high rate quickly and take over a game at any moment,” Faison said.
Faison, the Gwynn Park basketball star, plans to bring that similar style of play to Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, where he recently committed to further his playing career. Faison made the announcement on May 2.
“(Elizabeth City’s) style of play fits me,” Faison said. “They like to score in transition, and I feel I can bring a lot to the team.
“The coach recognized that I am a talented scorer and told me that I have an opportunity to be a starter if I work hard during the off-season.”
Faison came to Gwynn Park after his 2014 junior varsity season at Bishop McNamara. He went on to average 15 points-per-game his junior year with the Yellowjackets, and saw that average increase drastically to 23.6 points-per-game during his senior year.
“From McNamara to Gwynn Park, I changed as a person by becoming more confident on and off the court,” he said.
Although he transitioned into a scorer when he transferred from McNamara to Gwynn Park, the transition from Gwynn Park to Elizabeth City State University should be a little different, as he will not carry as much of the scoring load as he did in high school.
“I see myself being a major contributor to a special team next year. Winning the CIAA Championship is a big goal for me as well,” Faison said. “I do plan on working on my athleticism and decision making, being that I will be a true point guard at the next level.”
Following his senior season, Faison had looks from Gannon University and a few prep schools such as Putnam Science Academy, where his teammate Eric Robinson will be attending.
“I would like to thank (Gwynn Park Head) Coach Mike Glick for everything. He was a big influence on my decision,” Faison said. “He believed in me from day one and believed I was a scholarship player, so if my coach believes that I am coachable, I just have to work hard and reach for what he believes in me.”
Robinson, one of Faison’s longtime best friends, said Faison was the best point guard in Prince George’s County and knows he will excel at the next level.
“That’s my best friend,” Robinson said. “We can talk about anything other than basketball, and I come to him about anything. He has been like my brother since middle school, and our practices are always tough. We would go at each other to the point it would seem like we were not even friends. We are going to keep working all summer until we leave for school next fall.”
Glick, who said the biggest thing he will miss about Faison is his personality off the court, thinks Faison’s physical growth will allow him to succeed at the next level.
“The biggest change I’ve seen in Justin is his physical strength. He has worked on his body and has become much stronger,” Glick said. “That translates into a more consistent shot, increased scoring percentage at the rim, and better defense.
“Playing in the CIAA is no joke. I wish him the best next season.”