The Oregon State athletic department made it official Wednesday afternoon: Nick Faust will become a Beaver. Faust opted to transfer from Maryland this offseason after three years starting with the Terps. Despite being ranked the #36 player by ESPN coming out of high school in Baltimore, Maryland, Faust was often maligned for not living up to his high billing.
Faust, who was third on the team in assists last season and averaged 9.4 points per game for the Terps, goes to a Beavers team that beat Maryland last season in front of President Obama. Faust took a visit to campus earlier this month and came away thoroughly impressed with the campus and the atmosphere. He will still be forced to sit out a season by the NCAA before he is eligible to play a a fifth year senior.
Faust was never able to lead the Terps to an NCAA tournament appearance, and finishes his career with a 42-27 record at Maryland. His teams went 14-20 in the ACC over his three years with the school.
For Faust, the move is a much-needed change of scenery away from the local lights of Baltimore and a fan base that had gone sour on him. It’s always hard playing up to the expectations of fans, and it hits closer to home when the fans are actually your friends and family. It is likely coincidental that Faust is leaving Maryland for the Craig Robinson team that beat the Terps early last year, but curious nonetheless.
Regardless, TSMD wishes Nick Faust well in his future endeavors! Once a Terp, always a Terp.