Maryland assistant coach Dalonte Hill pulled Nick Faust to the side while the freshman made his way down the bench, presumably to offer mild words of encouragement following a dynamic blown dunk from the 6-foot-5 guard. Hill palmed Fausts neck, spoke briefly in his ear, then let him continue to his seat.
Faust planted himself in the padded ACC chair and looked up, a grin fixed on his face, Hills words or his own harmless failure still fresh in his mind.Ten seconds later there was a media timeout and Faust rushed to the scorers table to check back in.
Missed dunk or not, the Terrapins needed their newfound point guard back in the game.And he was more than happy to be there.
The coming-of-age for Nick Faust has not arrived yet. He rushes the action at times, he suffers from freshman hiccups of concentration on defense and, ultimately, he is still adjusting to life as the quarterback of an ACC team. But all of that noise falls on deaf ears when he puts together a game like he did again...