Recently, BTPowerhouse got the chance to chat with 2017 prospect Jaron Faulds. Although Faulds has yet to receive an offer from a Big Ten program, he is a player on the radar of several Big Ten programs including the Hawkeyes, Spartans, and Wolverines and should make a quality addition at the next level.
Faulds comes out Holt, Michigan right in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula and is just about a 10 minute drive from East Lansing. Although Faulds only has limited rankings available at the moment, he is perceived to be a Division I prospect that could turn into a legitimate Big Ten prospect in the near future. Along with receiving interest from Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue, he has already received offers from Central Michigan and Oakland, which are both programs that have made NCAA Tournament appearances since 2003.
Right now, Faulds identifies his post game particularly as a strength. His ability to make moves down low, find open teammates with his passing skills, and his ability to utilize a developing hook shot make him a really solid player down low. He also believes he brings a lot of energy to the floor and can be effective in transition. At the college level, he's hoping to be a consistent contributor inside who can make a defense pay in the paint. Of course, Faulds is also working to improve in some areas. Specifically, he mentioned his outside shot as an area he is trying to improve. Faulds is hoping to become more of a stretch four or five through the development of his shot.
During our discussion, Faulds got the chance to talk about some of the Big Ten programs speaking to him and some of the things that would attract him to each program.
Faulds communication with Iowa began on June 15th on the first contact date for juniors. He got a chance to talk to assistant coach Sherman Dillard, as Iowa was able to watch Faulds play at the Nike Top 100 camp. Dillard told Faulds that Iowa was interested and really liked what Faulds brought to the court at the Nike camp. As of now, Faulds has not received an offer from Iowa and has not gotten a chance to visit, but he told BTPowerhouse that he would be attracted to Iowa as they are a "great program" and believes the Hawkeyes are "headed in the right direction."
Along with this, Faulds got a chance to check out Michigan's camp earlier this summer and to experience Ann Arbor. During this camp, he was also able to communicate with some of the coaches first-hand. He told BTPowerhouse that he thought he played well at Michigan's camp and that the Wolverines coaches did a great job at using their depth and their big men. Faulds also spoke positively about the University of Michigan's academics and basketball facilities. The Wolverines have not offered Faulds at this point, but have expressed interest.
Faulds also discussed Michigan State. In the past, he has gotten the chance to check out East Lansing and the campus on numerous occasions simply due to their close proximity to his home town. Along with this, Faulds recently was able to check out Michigan State's team camp and enjoyed his time on campus and felt he and his team played well. Faulds also added in that he grew up as a "Spartan fan." At this point, the Spartans have not offered, but have expressed interest.
Finally, Faulds took a few minutes to talk about Purdue. The Boilermakers recently reached out to him and are planning on following up with him over the course of the summer. It could be a recruitment that heats up depending on how Faulds plays.
In the classroom, Faulds has yet to decide on a major, but academics do appear to be a significant part of his decision process. Particularly, Faulds is looking into biology or genetics as a potential area of study.
At this point, Faulds has yet to formulate a timetable for making a decision and is not looking to rush into anything. However, as he continues to develop on the court and in the classroom, he should make a valuable addition at the next level.