May 19, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Mark Turgeon announced Wednesday that Nick Faust has reaffirmed his commitment to attend the University of Maryland and play basketball this fall.
Faust is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Baltimore City College High School. He had signed a National Letter of Intent in November to attend Maryland, but asked for and was granted a release from the NLI following the retirement of Gary Williams earlier this month.
After meeting with Turgeon and his staff, Faust told them that he had again made the decision to come to Maryland.
"I'm excited to welcome Nick and his family back to the Maryland Basketball family," said Turgeon. "Nick represents the kind of student-athlete we want to recruit. He is a high-character kid, has tremendous God-given talent and he has worked hard to achieve success in his basketball career.
"I want to thank Nick, his parents and support system for giving me a chance to get to know them and for entrusting Nick to me and our staff's care. Nick's commitment to be a Terp is great for our program, the city of Baltimore, and the state of Maryland.
"We look forward to helping Nick achieve his dreams on the court and in the classroom as he progresses toward his degree from the University of Maryland," said Turgeon. "As we looked at our plans for the 2011-12 season, Nick emerged as the key member of the 2011 signing class."
Faust is a versatile player with the ability to be a proficient ball-handler as well as a prolific scorer.
"Maryland is brand new, starting off fresh," Faust told The Baltimore Sun. "Basically, I'll be a big part of that. Coach Turgeon wants to win a national championship. That's my goal also. I'll play a big part in that process."
"We wanted to sit down and get to know Coach Turgeon, and after the first conversation we knew this was the place we needed to be," said Anthony Faust, Nick's father. "His demeanor was great and he was very sincere. I absolutely know he'll work hard to make Nick a better basketball player.
"I think Maryland is an up-and-coming program. People in the area and nationally need to not overlook Maryland right now. I think Coach Turgeon and his staff will make a phenomenal impact on this program."
NICK FAUST (6-6, 175, SG, Baltimore, Md., Baltimore City College HS)
Four-star prospect who graded at 95 by ESPN.com... Rated 12th at shooting guard and 36th overall nationally by ESPN... Rated 10th nationally among shooting guards by Rivals.com... Led City to two straight Maryland Class 2A state titles...First team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun... Averaged 22 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior for the Knights... Averaged 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior... Posesses a "sly athleticism" according to ESPN.com... Also considered Oregon State, Florida State, Marquette and Villanova.
ESPN.com on Faust: "Faust is a long athletic wing that plays with a high level of energy and possesses excellent all-around skill. His size at the shooting-guard position forces matchup problems for opponents, as he has the ability to score behind the arc, from mid-range and at the rim. He handles it well as a secondary ball-handler and because of his feel and basketball I.Q. can even play some point guard when needed. He showed a good understanding of feeding the post and passing to teammates cutting to the basket. He is a versatile defender that can guard all three perimeter spots and also rebounds his position."
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