Loyalty in college basketball is quite an interesting issue right now. Many players believe the grass is greener at a new school. Or perhaps they feel they can get more playing time somewhere else. Maybe it is just not a good fit. Who knows what the issues are. But some schools, like SUU, have guys that are loyal to the program. In fact, SUU has two key players returning who have played their entire collegiate careers in Cedar City. Another starter is in his third season in a T-Birds uniform. And another starter is beginning his second season at SUU.
Two of those four players are members of the 1,000-point club. And Tevian Jones is 100 points away from joining the 1,000-point club. Pretty impressive.
But, for this key newcomer and key returner article, we will take a look at just one of these players.
Maizen Fausett 6-6, F, Saratoga Springs, Utah
The senior forward from Westlake High School has appeared in 122 games for the T-Birds since stepping on campus in 2018. In four years at SUU, Fausett has missed a total of three games. Talk about consistent.
Fausett gave his loved ones a nice Valentine’s Day present this past season. Playing against Northern Colorado, Fausett had a 20-point outing helping him become a member of the 1,000-point club for his career. The Third Team All-Big Sky Conference selection was third on the team in scoring, third in field goal percentage and led the team in rebounding.
The lefty has the ability to score when necessary. And considering the T-Birds lost John Knight III and Dre Marin, Fausett will have his number called much more in 2022-23.
Fausett averaged 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 2021-22 while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. In nine contests, Fausett pulled down 10-plus rebounds while scoring in double figures in 20 of SUU’s 35 games in 2021-22.
Crafty veteran is a term that would describe Fausett who can play multiple positions on the floor.
Cameron Healy 6-3, G, Transfer from Central Michigan
When speaking with SUU head coach Todd Simon on Tuesday, Cam Healy’s name was one that brought a smile to Simon’s face. Healy is a sharpshooter who has unlimited range. At Central Michigan in 2021-22, Healy knocked down 60 3-pointers and shot nearly 37 percent from distance. 39 of those 60 made 3-pointers came during MAC play where Healy averaged 14.1 points per game.
Healy is a big time scorer who has dealt with some adversity in his career. During the 2018-19 season at Albany, Healy set the rookie-season program scoring record with 512 points. Healy hit 104 3-pointers that season and tied the school record for most made 3-pointers in a game with nine.
However, back and hip injuries played a major factor in the second half of Healy’s sophomore season with the Great Danes. Prior to the injury issues, Healy had a 41-point outburst against Mass Lowell and a 28-point night against Stony Brook in the America East Tournament.
At Albany, Healy was nine points shy or joining the 1,000-point club with 991 points. And at Central Michigan in 2021-22, Healy joined the 1000-point club when he scored 327 points in his lone season with the Chippewas.
SUU head coach calls refers to Healy as a big time scorer and shooter.
So, make that three 1,000-point scorers at the highest level for SUU, with one who will join the club in November maybe early December.
A veteran savvy group with lots of Division I experience. SUU is a team to keep an eye on as they are experienced, athletic, and can shoot the basketball.