I never have thought of Faust as a Princeton offense kind of guy.

Transferring as a senior is often troublesome. If Faust had left College Park before his junior year, he would have been a more attractive commodity with two years of eligibility remaining.

The reason he is left now is abundantly clear. 

According to what his father told The Washington Post, Faust left College Park – a semester shy of graduating – because he felt “held back” by Turgeon’s system. In reality, he didn’t want to be thought of as a defensive stopper who would be the third, fourth or even fifth option on offense. He didn't want to lose minutes to Wiley and knew he was going to play behind Seth Allen and Dez Wells.

Anthony Faust told me a couple of years ago that his son wanted to be a scorer in college. Perhaps transferring to Loyola or Towson or another mid-major would allow Nick Faust to be the go-to guy.

I doubt that Faust winds up transferring to a mid-major, particularly in the Baltimore area. While he never struck me as having a big ego, it would be difficult for a player who still has aspirations, however unrealistic they might seem now, of someday playing in the NBA.

Regardless of what you think of him as a player, many schools can use 6-6 athletic wings. One of Faust’s biggest drawbacks is that the fact that he has yet graduate Maryland, and thus would need to sit out a full season. That means a two-year scholarship commitment (though technically all scholarships are one-year deals).

Anthony Faust wrote in a text message to The Baltimore Sun on Thursday that what was reported in the Oregonian and on Twitter, “were all rumors.” Faust declined to comment any further about where his son might wind up. But as players continue to grab up available scholarship spots, you have to at least wonder if Faust's departure is ultimately going to put him in a better position than where he was at Maryland.


Could this be the year for Maryland baseball?

Jonas Shaffer:  Yes, this could be the year. This could be the year Maryland makes the NCAA tournament.

Oh, you were expecting talk of a title? Easy there, bud. One step at a time.

Maryland hasn't made the NCAA tournament in baseball since 1971. The Terps haven't appeared in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament since 2005. They that lost play-in game by the totally real score of 20-13.

But if the tournament were to begin this week, the Terps would comfortably be in, according to one field-of-64 projection. "The Terrapins have struggled to win marquee series in the ACC thus far, but played a good non-conference schedule, have an RPI of 21 and are 10-6 vs. RPI Top 50 and have accumulated 13 wins vs. RPI Top 100 clubs," Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers writes.

This weekend series, against visiting Georgia Tech, is an important one. With last weekend's series loss to last-place Virginia Tech, the Terps have dropped three straight league series.

An ACC tournament berth is often as good as a golden ticket to the NCAA tournament, but only the league's top 10 teams, as determined by winning percentage, qualify. Maryland, entering this weekend, is No. 10.