Mark Turgeon talks about Nick Faust, Pe'Shon Howard

One of the questions coming out of last season for first-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was who his starting point guard was going to be in 2012-13.

At the time, the answer seemed to be Terrell Stoglin, but those plans were scrapped when the sophomore guard was suspended from the team for a year and then opted to put his name into the NBA draft.

With Stoglin gone and Pe'Shon Howard coming off knee surgery, Turgeon's most experienced point guard was Nick Faust, who as a freshman played the position in Howard's absence due to injuries during the first and last month.

After newly sanctioned summer workouts, Turgeon said Friday that "it's too early to tell" who will starting at point when the season opens in a highly anticipated matchup with defending national champion Kentucky on Nov. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

A lot will hinge on Howard's rehabillitation and the development of freshmen Seth Allen and Sam Cassell Jr., Turgeon said.

"I think the way we run our system they all need to have point guard skills," Turgeon said. "If we played a game tonight, absolutely. He'd (Faust) play point."

Turgeon isn't saying that Faust would be the team's principal point guard.

"They will all have the ball in their hands in certain situations," Turgeon said. "I'm not going to get caught up in the position as much as the system and give them all opportunities to make plays."

Turgeon said that he wants Faust to become more aggressive on the offensive boards because "it's one of the top things he does in his game. I think we'll be able to whether he's at point or not."

It is interesting to look at Faust's production as a point guard last season.

During the first nine games, when Howard was rehabbing a broken foot, Faust averaged a shade over 7 points while having a 22-28 assist to turnover ratio. During the last nine games, after Howard went down with a season-injury knee injury, Faust averaged 13.5 points a game but his assist-to-turnover ratio was nearly the same (20-27).

I agree with Turgeon. Much will depend on Howard's rehab, but the Terps do need more of a scorer at the point than Howard has been during his two years in College Park. That's one of the reasons Maryland recruited Cassell. It all might be moot if the Harrison twins pick Maryland over Kentucky and the four other schools they said they're considering.

Turgeon was pleased with Faust going overseas to be part of a summer all-star team that played in a three-game tournament in Estonia.

"I think it's great, get overseas, see a place they've never seen and a culture, play with other guys," Turgeon said. "It's something to work hard for all summer, knowing that you're going on a tour. It kind of motivates you. I think it's a great experience."

Asked if Faust's mentality as a scorer was demonstrated by his 35-point outburst against the Republic of Georgia, Turgeon said, "I don't know if it ever left him. Nick always tries to be a scorer, he tried to be a scorer for us last season.

"It's hard for me to tell without watching the games. Looking at that score from that one game, there probably wasn't a lot of defense being played. It's kind of hard for me to judge how he performed but he shot 5 of 7 on threes that game. I don't think Nick ever stopped being a scorer."


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