CORVALLIS, Ore. – Nick Faust, who ESPN ranked as the 36th best player in the nation coming out of high school, has joined the Oregon State men’s basketball program as a transfer from the University of Maryland, head coach Craig Robinson announced on Wednesday.
Faust, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound shooting guard from Baltimore, Md., must sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“We are really pleased to get a player of Nick’s abilities, demeanor and history,” Robinson said. “It’s almost as if our recruitment of him never stopped once we picked it back up. We are very excited. It’s going to be great for our guys, because they really enjoyed his visit. We are really looking forward for him to get here and start competing with our players.”
Faust, a three-time letterwinner at Maryland, played in 32 games for the Terps last season with 14 starts and averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and two assists per game. He led the team with 37 steals and was third on the team with 64 assists and 19 blocked shots. He scored a career-high 20 points against Wake Forest on Feb. 18 and had six points, six rebounds two assists and two steals when the Oregon State defeated the Terrapins, 90-83, on Nov. 17 in College Park, Md.
As a sophomore, Faust finished third on the team in scoring with 9.3 points per game, hitting double figures 20 times, and led the team with 37 steals. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team as voted by ACSMA and was the winner of the Juan Dixon Award for most improved player on the team and Buck Williams Award for the top defensive player on the team.
Faust was a four-star recruit at Baltimore City College High School where he led the team to two straight Maryland Class 2A state titles. He averaged 22.0 points and 6.5 rebound as a senior and was named First Team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun.
Oregon State’s 2014-15 class includes Chai Baker, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Malone, Fla., Isaiah Manderson, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Oldsmare, Fla., Cameron Oliver, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Sacramento, Calif., and Gary Payton II, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Las Vegas, Nev., who currently attends Salt Lake Community College.
Click on the following YouTube link to watch a #SCtop10 putback dunk by Faust: