Nick Faust Recommits

5/17/2011 6:31:44 PM Well the hits just keep on coming. Via his Twitter feed, Baltimore Sun Terps beat writer, Matt Bracken just confirmed Nick Faust's re-commitment:

@MattBracken Nick Faust is back on board with Maryland, his father Anthony said in a text.

Hallelujah!  With the addition of Asst. Coach Dalonte Hill; Nick Faust's re-commitment makes today far and away the best day of the Mark Turgeon era.  With Faust in tow, the Terps got the most important jewel in the Class of 2011.  

Now the Terps are as deep as you want to be in the back court.  Stoglin and Faust will likely start, with P'shon Howard and Mosley backing up (yes, I think Turge will sit Mosley in favor of a shooter).  In the front court; Mychal Parker (if he is still around) will have a chance to come in at the three.  If not, it will be a Hawk and Mosley platoon.  The 4 and 5 slots will be Pankey, Padgett, and Weijs (gulp).

In the end, Gary Williams' retirement will cost little in terms of blood and treasure.  Sure, we lost Sterling Gibbs; but gained Seth Allen for 2012.  We'll call that a wash. 

As for Martin Bruenig; he visited University of Washington today; but a little bug in my ear told me that I shouldn't be surprised if winds up at Rice University. If that's true; I'd wager dimes-to-dollars that he'd be a Terp if Turgeon really wanted him on the squad.  There is no recruit in his right mind that would forgo the ACC for a baseball school.

I've seen Bruenig play in an All-Star game with Nick Faust in March.  I came away thinking that Faust was as good as advertised and Bruenig was miles away from being able to help the Terps immediately. Methinks that The Turge has reached a similar conclusion.

Regardless, in less than a week, the Turge looked poised to build a powerhouse in the next 5 years.  Unless a big man falls like manna from heaven into our lap; next year will be tough (although I think it will be much better than many are predicting).  After that, watch out.  For the first time in many years; I'm excited to see the list of targets for 2012 and beyond.

Justin Anderson, Seth Allen are just the beginning. 

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