In 2011, a highly touted Baltimore recruit named Nick Faust committed to the Maryland men’s basketball program, only to watch Coach Gary Williams abruptly retire. So Faust rescinded his pledge, reopened his recruitment and, ultimately, came to College Park anyway. Williams’s departure was unfortunate timing, but the new regime recruited Faust successfully.
This week, Oregon State fired Craig Robinson as its head coach. It came several days after Faust announced his transfer commitment to the Beavers, shipping cross-country to sit out one year per NCAA rules before playing his final season of college eligibility.
According to several outlets, Faust is no longer committed to Oregon State, a coaching change once again thwarting his plans.
“Basically,” Faust told SNY.tv, “I’m opening my recruitment back up. I’m open to everyone.”
Faust said Richmond, Cleveland State, Siena, UCLA, George Mason and George Washington were also involved in his recruitment. A source said Towson would also be interested, while Faust told SNY.tv that Oregon State, depending on the hire it makes, could reenter the fray. Former UCLA coach Ben Howland is considered a favorite there.
Faust was among three players to simultaneously annouce their transfers from Maryland at once, joining Shaq Cleare (Texas) and Roddy Peters (undecided).
>> Hawaii transfer guard Keith Shamburger has claimed an offer from Maryland, another option to fill the back-court spot vacated by Seth Allen.
Shamburger, who transferred to Hawaii from San Jose State, intends to graduate this summer and become eligible immediately, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He averaged 9.3 points and 5.4 assists per game last season, starting 30 of 31 games for the Rainbow Warriors.
Maryland offered today #terps
— Keith Shamburger (@MagicShammm) May 6, 2014
>> Speaking Tuesday at Verizon Center for the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament announcement, Turgeon offered little on forward Charles Mitchell.
“No,” he said, when asked if he had an update on the rising junior, whose transfer has been rumored for several weeks.
According to a source, Mitchell has not discussed his decision with the coaching staff but still has been attending offseason workouts, scrimmaging with teammates and such. He has been mum on social media too, save the following message:
I’m only human. So please stop judging Me. Thank you so much.
— Charles Mitchell (@StuckLikeChuck1) May 2, 2014
>> Though Allen interviewed with WNST Tuesday, offering his side of the transfer situation, he remained mum on possible destinations. One source anticipated Allen to be recruited by “virtually every ACC school,” none of which are restricted by Maryland. Virginia remains a plausible destination with heavy interest, but two other sources have said that Arizona, Kansas and Syracuse have also inquired. Of course, this is a partial list, given that Allen is expected to draw sweeping high-major interest given his pedigree and success with the Terps.
Allen told WNST that he plans to announce within the next two weeks.
>> Another option to replace Allen, IUPUI graduate transfer guard Ian Chiles, is reportedly set to visit Maryland within the next several weeks, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.
Chiles averaged 15.8 points this past season, a high-volume shooter for the lowly Jaguars, but would slide into a more disciplined, floor-general role with the Terps.
IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles will visit Tennessee this week, Maryland next week. Will likely choose from those and Auburn. Can play in 14-15.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 4, 2014
>> One quick personnel note: forward Jon Graham is now back on scholarship, a product of this offseason’s attrition. Maryland entered the spring with all 13 scholarships filled, sliding Graham into a walk-on role, but enough has opened up to justify rewarding the Penn State transfer and rising senior.