It’s not an official announcement yet, but it appears that former Maryland guard Nick Faust may be close to picking his next home.
Faust had an original top five of St. John’s, Providence, Wichita State, UAB and Long Beach State. I originally thought that UAB was going to be the choice, with former Terps assistant Rob Ehsan as an assistant on the staff there. However, that looks like it will not be the case.
Originally, Faust was committed to Oregon State before former coach Craig Robinson was fired after posting a 93-104 record in six years with the program. After Robinson was fired, Faust reopened his recruitment, and about a week later released the schools he was still considering. At Long Beach State, Faust will likely be one of the top players on a team that has made the tournament twice since 1995. Faust would be just the third senior on that team, providing some guidance for the young roster. Being a big fish in a little pond, Faust will be able to showcase his skills and maybe show some things that he was unable to do during his three years at Maryland.
One of the five players that transferred this offseason, it is no doubt that a change of scenery could be what does it for Faust. At Maryland, his career will always be remembered as the guy with so much potential that never got it going. Maybe it was on Turgeon, or maybe it was because of Faust’s skill set, but he was certainly not the player that Turgeon envisioned when he came to College Park as the nation’s 37th best player.
We wish him the best of luck throughout the rest of his career.