MEDFORD—In choosing to continue his education and basketball career at Oregon Tech, North Medford’s Kaison Faust selected a familial path.
"I think for Oregon Tech it was just kind of a really easy choice for me considering the family ties," he said about his recent commitment.
Kaison’s dad, Richard, moved from Mississippi to Oregon in 1989, and shined as a defensive specialist for two years under Danny Miles. Originally, Miles wasn’t even intending on recruiting him. But after witnessing a 5-on-5 game while in Mississippi to recruit Faust’s teammate at the time, Miles extended an offer for him to come to Klamath Falls.
"It just makes me feel like I'm getting old and the records that I had over there are gone," Richard said when reflecting upon his son’s decision.
More recently, Chris, Kaison’s brother, had a four-year career with the Hustlin’ Owls that ended in 2017. Although a torn ACL in his first year slowed his development initially, Chris settled into a role and helped lead OIT to a tournament appearance in his senior season.
"I got emotional when he finally announced where he was going," he said. "I think it's really cool that he gets to carry on the Faust legacy here."
"Connections that my brother and my dad have made over there…is kind of a connection I want to have," Kaison said.
At the same time, Kaison is intent on writing his own unique chapter and legacy at Oregon Tech. And for as proud as his dad and brother are that he chose to follow in their footsteps, they said they also want him to be himself—the expectation being that he’ll go down as the best basketball player in the family.
"He kind of has little bits and pieces from each and every one of the brothers," Chris said. "Him putting together all those things makes him a really awesome basketball player."
"He has the swagger," Richard said. “He's one of the best kids in the state, so the expectation is for him to be the best."
As the Southwest Conference Player of the Year heads to college, there’s an unmistakable buzz for Oregon Tech fans.
"I know all the games that I've been to I've had a fan come up and ask me, 'Is your brother coming?'" Chris said.
All eyes will undoubtedly be on the third Faust at Oregon Tech.
"Obviously the Faust's are good enough to play there,” Kaison said. “Just knowing that I get to continue my basketball career and continue the Faust legacy is just unreal for me."
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