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Jefferson's Faust headed to Wisconsin

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 07/08/10, 5:37PM CDT


Defenseman won't have to play season in USHL before joining Badgers

Joe Faust liked the idea of playing at Wisconsin from the start.

“I liked everything about it,” the former Bloomington Jefferson standout defenseman said about his recruiting visit to Madison last summer.

After a detour that almost landed him in New Jersey at Princeton University, Faust on Tuesday, July 6, committed to play for the Badgers.

Faust, who initially committed to play at Princeton last fall, said he recently became uneasy about the choice and on June 15 informed the Tigers’ coaching staff he would not be joining the program.

With the recruiting process restarted, he re-opened communication with the Badgers, who previously had offered him a scholarship. 

“They were the first ones I went after,” said the 5-11, 194-pound Faust, who was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the fourth round (114th overall) of the NHL Draft on June 26.

Although he had fully intended to play for the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers this season, Faust said he instead will begin his college career with the Badgers right away.

"They have a full defensive corps and I’m a young guy coming in," he said. "I’m going to have to work hard and prove myself."

Faust, was a second-team Hockey Hub all-state selection last season as a senior when he scored 14 goals and added 32 assists.

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2009-10 Minnesota High School Division I Recruits

Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Committ
Mark Alt Cretin-Derham Hall Senior D Minnesota Yes
Joey Benik St. Francis Senior F St. Cloud State Yes
Nick Bjugstad Blaine Junior F Minnesota Yes
Chris Casto Hill-Murray Senior D UM-Duluth Yes
Willie Corrin International Falls Senior D UM-Duluth Yes
Justin Crandall St. Thomas Academy Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Cal Decowski Andover Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Joe Faust Bloomington Jefferson Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Danny Fick Forest Lake Senior D Harvard Yes
Tyson Fulton Breck Senior F Union Yes
Max Gaede Woodbury Senior F MSU-Mankato Yes
Max Gardiner Minnetonka Senior F Minnesota Yes
Zane Gothberg Thief River Falls Senior G North Dakota Yes
Garrett Hendrickson Virginia Junior F St. Cloud State Yes
Caleb Herbert Bloomington Jefferson Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Troy Hesketh Minnetonka Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Justin Holl Minnetonka Senior D Minnesota Yes
Christian Isackson St. Thomas Academy Senior F Minnesota Yes
Adam Krause Hermantown Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Tanner Lane Detroit Lakes Junior F Nebraska-Omaha Yes
Tony Larson Blaine Senior D Alaska-Anchorage Yes
Ben Marshall Mahtomedi Junior D Minnesota Yes
Michael Morin Breck Senior F Colorado College Yes
Brock Nelson Warroad Senior F North Dakota Yes
Kyle Osterberg Lakeville South Freshman F UM-Duluth Yes
Brett Patterson Benilde-St. Margaret's Senior F Dartmouth Yes
Andrew Prochno Minnetonka Senior D St. Cloud State Yes
Ethan Prow Sauk Rapids Junior D St. Cloud State Yes
Kyle Rau Eden Prairie Junior F Minnesota Yes
Connor Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes
Ryan Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes
Eric Scheid Blaine Senior F Alaska-Anchorage Yes
Archie Skalbeck Hopkins Senior F Colorado College Yes
Brady Skjei Lakeville North Sophomore D Minnesota Yes
Brett Stern Centennial Senior D MSU-Mankato Yes
Andy Welinski Duluth East Junior D UM-Duluth Yes
Adam Wilcox South St. Paul Junior G Minnesota Yes
Sam Windle Osseo Senior D Bemidji State Yes