With the start of the season a mere couple of days away, Terps Insider continues our player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Maryland Terrapins. Today: Nick Faust
When Gary Williams retired abruptly in April, he had secured what most considered a solid three-man class, led by Baltimore star Nick Faust.
But when new head coach Mark Turgeon was hired, all three players decided to open up their recruitment. And while two of the three opted to play out their collegiate careers at other schools, Turgeon made Nick Faust a priority.
Turgeon headed up to Baltimore, making a stop at City Hall along the way, to personally let the Baltimore native Faust know that he wanted him as a part of the Maryland program.
That seemed to be enough for Faust, who recommitted his pledge to Maryland.
Faust enrolled in the summer and has been one of the top players in the program ever since.
Faust brings much needed size to the Terps backcourt. At 6-6, Nick Faust is listed as 5 inches taller than Terrell Stoglin and 3 inches taller than Pe’Shon Howard. Faust also has excellent three-point range, often making long range shots from well beyond the NBA three-point line throughout his high school career. Faust’s combination of size and shooting range not only allows Faust to get off shots over smaller defenders, but also helps to stretch opposing defenses.
Faust looked very good in Maryland’s open intrasquad scrimmage, scoring 15 points in 20 minutes of play to lead all scorers. Nick then followed that up with a solid performance in Maryland’s lone exhibition game against NAIA Northwood, finishing with 14 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Faust showed off his three-point range, finishing 4 of 8 from deep, including a 70-foot buzzer beater at the end of the first half.
Faust will begin the season as the Terps starting shooting guard, but will hopefully be able to eventually slide over to the wing once Pe’Shon Howard is cleared to play. With Faust on the wing, Maryland should have three players capable of knocking down shots from long range with regularity. Faust has the talent and the size that he should be one of Maryland’s leading scorers this season. He will be a huge mismatch versus teams with smaller shooting guards early in the year. His length should also make him one of the better rebounding guards in the ACC.
Best-case: Faust leads the Terps in scoring and is able to pull down 5 to 10 rebounds a game. His height and length cause matchup nightmares for many teams and Maryland exploits those mismatches. He starts all 30 games and becomes the first freshman from Baltimore to do so since Keith Booth.
Worst-case: Faust struggles adjusting to the college game. He struggles physically with bigger players on the wing once he is moved there with the return of Pe’Shon Howard.
Quotable: “Either a kid has it or he doesn’t, Nick’s got it. You can see that in his first game. He’s got it. He’s going to be great.” – Head Coach Mark Turgeon