Former Maryland guard Nick Faust thought he had found a new school last week when he decided to enroll at Oregon State. Questionable timing by the university altered that, as Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson was fired on Monday.
Within 48 hours of that announcement, Faust made one of his own: his recruitment is back open.
“I guess I gotta do this whole process all over again and really get to know coaches this time and things like that,” Faust told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. “It’s just a longer process.”
Faust mentioned UCLA, George Washington, Richmond, George Mason, Siena and Cleveland State were all being considered at the time he committed to the Beavers.
The 6-foot-6 Faust is one of four Terrapins to leave the school since the conclusion of this season. He averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game with his field goal percentages down from his sophomore campaign. Wherever he lands next, he’ll have to sit out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
This becomes another departure in a long line of players to leave Corvallis. In April, Eric Moreland declared for the NBA Draft, Hallice Cooke transferred and Challe Barton elected to pursue a professional career overseas. Earlier on Tuesday, incoming center Isaiah Manderson, a three-star commit, requested he be released from his National Letter of Intent.
Faust was granted his release from Maryland on April 8.
Barack Obama has made it known that basketball is his sport of choice. There are countless pictures and videos of him playing the game, and every March he fills out his own NCAA Tournament bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz from the Oval Office.
With Oregon State in town playing Maryland in College Park on Sunday evening, Obama will see his brother-in-law — Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson — coach against the Terps, Daniel Martin of CSNBaltimore.com reported. Robinson is the older brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon commented prior to learning that Obama would officially be attending Sunday evening’s game: “I think it would be great. It would be pretty cool for everybody, for our team and for their team…Hopefully it makes the teams play even harder than they were going to play. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”
This isn’t the first time that Obama will have made an appearance at a college basketball game as President. In 2012, Obama attended the First Four in Dayton, OH with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Predictably, security will be at an all-time high at the Comcast Center. Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz said, “The loading dock will probably be shut down, high security. But it’ll be cool. I’m sure people are excited.” The university has instructed fans to “arrive as early as possible,” and also included a list of items that are prohibited.
Maryland and Oregon State both enter the game with 1-1 records.
Ahmad Starks will have to wait until the 2014-2015 season to wrap up his collegiate career.
The 5-foot-9 Chicagoan played his first three seasons at Oregon State before decided to transfer to Illinois to be close to his ailing grandmother. On Tuesday night, his hardship waiver was denied by the NCAA.
“Following a lengthy process, we have received final word from the NCAA on Ahmad’s status. We are all disappointed with the decision to deny the waiver and especially feel bad for Ahmad and his family,” Illinois head coach John Groce said in a statement. “Ahmad had a compelling case, returning to his home state to be closer to an ailing grandmother who played an instrumental role in raising him. However, we now have to move forward. Ahmad will focus on preparing our team in practice while also making individual improvement, fueled by the goal of returning to the court in 2014-15.”
The Illinois backcourt is looking to replace the production of leading scorers Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. The Illini backcourt this season consists of returners Tracy Abrams and Joseph Bertrand while adding transfer Rayvonte Rice and incoming freshmen Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate and Malcolm Hill.
Starks averaged 10.4 points, 2.3 assists, 2.0 boards and 1.0 steals per game this past season for Oregon State. He joins a promising 2014 class that includes four-star point guard Quentin Snider and four-star power forward Leron Black, as well as three-star big man Michael Finke. He also be eligible the same year as Seton Hall transfer Aaron Cosby, who will have two years left to play.
Starks will have one year of eligibility remaining.