Looks Like Nick Faust Is Likely Graduating Early

Apr 2, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Patrick Ingram (24) and Maryland Terrapins guard Nick Faust (5) go after a loose ball during the second half of the NIT Tournament semifinal at Madison Square Garden. Iowa won the game 71-60. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

A few days ago, I was tipped off via text by a trusted source about some interesting information regarding Nick Faust’s academic career. The source told me that he was talking with Nick Faust’s parents, and they told him the junior guard for the Maryland Terrapins is taking enough credits in the summer to graduate a year early from school. Though I can’t reveal the source, I am confident the information is not false and entirely accurate.

To be sure, I can only say that Faust is taking enough credits to graduate early, and I am not entirely certain of his plans should he choose to go this route. There are plenty of players who take their academics seriously enough to finish their collegiate career in the classroom far earlier than the average student. Summer classes are a staple of the Division I athlete’s diet, so that part isn’t necessarily shocking.

What is interesting, however, is the timing of the thing. The recruiting class that Mark Turgeon is bringing into College Park in 2014 is laden with highly touted back court players including two Top 50 guys in Dion Wiley and Romelo Trimble, and a Top 100 wing in Jared Nickens. Doing so has raised some concerns about minute allocation between all the guards on the roster. Faust and Dez Wells already occupy two spots in the back court, along with Seth Allen and Roddy Peters. Eventually it was going to come to light that someone would lose out on minutes without either Dez Wells leaving or someone else transferring. But considering Faust would be a senior guard/wing, it’s hard to fathom why he would want to transfer out or leave as he would be the starter in 2014 on a (likely) tournament-bound team.

I won’t suggest that this is the sole reason Nick Faust would want to graduate early, because that’d be a bit too much speculation on my end. Faust could simply be taking his academic career very seriously, and is choosing to graduate early to focus his academic studies on a grander goal than a Bachelor’s degree. In that case, he could still be playing basketball for the Maryland Terrapins when they move to the Big Ten in 2014. There is even a chance that Faust could be graduating early to go play professional basketball somewhere (NBA or overseas), deciding that he is ready to make the leap. Or he could simply be doing it to keep his options wide open, which would occur should he choose to

There is no reason to turn this snowball into an avalanche, but it certainly merits some thought and discussion. I’ll be sure to update this with any information I can get my hands on, so stay tuned.

What do you guys think?

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