Mark Turgeon and Nick Faust have long seemed linked.
The Maryland coach and the guard arrived in College Park at the same time. Turgeon had to “re-recruit” Faust, who had originally committed when Gary Williams was still the coach.
Turgeon has seemed to make a public effort to treat the junior well. It probably doesn’t hurt Faust’s treatment that he is from Baltimore, a city the Terps want to claim -- as much as possible -- as their own. Turgeon brought Faust along on an Inner Harbor cruise with boosters last summer.
Given all this, I’ve been curious how the coach would react to Faust’s early season shooting difficulties. He is shooting 32.9 percent, including 7-for-37 on 3-pointers, and is averaging 8.8 points per game.
Turgeon often relies on Faust to guard the opponent’s best backcourt player.
This is what Turgeon said about Faust as Maryland prepared for tonight’s game at Boston College:
“We need Nick Faust to be a great defender. [George Washington’s] Maurice Creek can’t get 25 if we’re going to win at a high level. Nick’s got to be better. Dez [Wells] has got to be better. Jake [Layman] has got to be better. Evan [Smotrycz] has got to be better. Our post has got to be a lot better.”
Turgeon said Faust: “has got to get himself in it. He’s playing 30 minutes a game, so he’s got plenty of opportunities. Can’t help him with his shot. He’s got to get his shot going. Nick is playing so much better in practice. He’s letting his shot affect his game, like most kids do. He’s got to just keep trying to guard and keep trying to make the right plays. We need Nick, obviously.”