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NBA hopeful Nick Faust on Maryland: Coaches weren't 'loyal and trusting'

NBA hopeful Nick Faust on Maryland: Coaches weren't 'loyal and trusting'
Former Maryland guard Nick Faust during an ACC tournament semifinal in 2013. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

Former City guard Nick Faust is reportedly back in the area today, one of five NBA hopefuls working out for the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center.

The Long Beach State star is considered a long shot to be taken in this month's NBA draft, but he reportedly already has auditioned for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

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After his Kings workout last week, he was asked about his defensive potential ("I'm very quick on my feet. I can guard a lot of different guys, 1, 2 and 3"), the differences in workouts ("It just varies") and his goals for each ("It's to give them what they want to see out of you").

He also was asked about Maryland, where he started his career as a ballyhooed recruit and left after three years of stagnation.

"Sometimes I sit back and I think, 'What if I would have stayed at Maryland? Would I be at this position that I am right now, or would I be working a 9-to-5?'" Faust said.

In his one year with the 49ers, he set career highs in points (17.4), rebounds (6.1) and steals (1.5) per game, shooting 50.6 percent inside the arc and 36.6 percent from deep, also personal bests. He was named first-team All-Big West Conference as well as the league's Newcomer of the Year.

"It was Coach believing in me and it was a lot to do with the coaches trusting me and having confidence in me," he said, by which he meant Dan Monson, not Mark Turgeon. "I felt as though at my past school, it wasn't loyal and trusting, so once I made that adjustment, for me, as you could see, my play was outstanding."

When Faust left the program in April 2014 along with Shaq Cleare and Roddy Peters, Turgeon said in a team-issued statement: "I really enjoyed coaching Nick, Shaq and Roddy. It is unfortunate that they will no longer be a part of the program. I wish them the very best in their future endeavors."

Then the Terps went to their first two NCAA tournaments since 2010.

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