A pair of former Maryland basketball players have chosen new schools.
Nick Faust, a Baltimore native who was among the top-ranked players coming out of high school, has transferred to Oregon State and will have to sit out the 2014-2015 campaign per NCAA transfer guidelines.
When Faust returns to action the following season he will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“We are really pleased to get a player of Nick’s abilities, demeanor and history,” said Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson. “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 Oregon State defeated the Terrapins, 90-83, on Nov. 17 in College Park.
Meanwhile, former Maryland center Shaquille Cleare has transferred to Texas where he will be permitted to practice and work out with the team but will not be able to participate in games or travel with the team during the upcoming season per NCAA guidelines. He will be eligible to play beginning in the 2015-2016 campaign.
“Our staff and players are excited to welcome Shaq to our basketball family,” said Texas head coach Rick Barnes. “He is a player who we obviously recruited while he was in high school, so we’re very familiar with him. Shaq will add an additional physical presence to our team. We’ve always been high on Shaq’s ability. We believe that with a year off to improve, he will become a vital part of our future. But most importantly, he is a fit for our program.”