ACC Basketball 2012 Potential Breakout Star: Maryland’s Nick Faust
As a freshman at Maryland, Nick Faust certainly had an eventful year. A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Faust initially had thoughts on pulling his letter of intent after legendary Maryland coach Gary Williams decided to call it a career prior to the 2011-12 season.
After some artful persuasion on the part of replacement coach Mark Turgeon, Faust opted to remain at Maryland, and “terpnation” was and still remains very happy at his decision.
Due to the injury of then sophomore point guard P’Shonn Howard, who was set up to start at point guard for the Terps, Faust was forced to play the point, a position that was out of his comfort zone, as he is used to playing on the wing.
Throughout the beginning of the season, Faust proved that he had talent but also showed that his shooting was often erratic and his decision-making needed some tuning. Throughout the year however, Faust showed an incredible feel for the movement of the ball and displayed a knack for getting to the basket and creating plays for his teammates. Nick also played extremely good defense both on the ball and of the ball, an aspect that truly makes Faust a complete player.
Faust finished the season with modest numbers averaging 9 points per game as well as 4 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In the 2011 season, the Maryland offense ran through ACC leading scorer Terrell Stoglin. But this year, the reigns to the Terrapin offense are in the hands of Faust.
With a fresh new batch of highly rated freshman, including four star recruits Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare, Faust certainly has an above-par supporting cast. It will definitely be exciting to watch Faust use his endless array of talents to lead this young Maryland team in the upcoming year.
I predict he will be more than successful and will prove to both himself, and college hoops fans around the country, that he truly is a college basketball star.