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Nick Faust 'starting off fresh' with Terps

Nick Faust had a favorable impression of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon based on a couple of phone conversations, but it was an in-person meeting Tuesday night that led to the City shooting guard reaffirming his commitment to the Terps.

"He's just a well-spoken guy," Faust said Tuesday night. "He accepted me and I accepted him. He's just a great person overall. We kind of just blended right together."

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Faust and fellow Terps commitment Sterling Gibbs asked out of their letters of intent last Thursday, one day after Maryland introduced Turgeon as its new coach.

Gibbs, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), committed to Texas on Monday. But Faust said Turgeon made it clear from the beginning that he was a top priority. Still, the 6-foot-5 senior thought it would be best to at least have the option of exploring other college possibilities. "The dead period starts [Wednesday], so that was on my mind throughout the whole process," Faust said. "I had my mind open for everyone. Once I got in with Coach [Turgeon], I thought it was the best place for me."

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Turgeon told Faust, a first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, that he will play the 1, 2 and 3 for the Terps. The coach's plans for Faust are similar to how Gary Williams would have used him. Faust, who averaged 22 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Knights this season, said he can't wait to get started.

"Maryland is brand new, starting off fresh," Faust said. "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."

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