At a time when players have been fleeing Oregon State like passengers on a sinking ship, the Beavers finally found someone willing to come aboard and help patch some of their leaks.
Ex-Maryland guard Nick Faust will reportedly transfer to Oregon State in hopes a fresh start will help him finally meet the high expectations many had for him out of high school. The former four-star recruit will likely have to sit out next season and play his final year in 2015-16 unless he is unexpectedly able to complete enough courses this summer to graduate early at Maryland.
The addition of Faust comes at a time when Oregon State has seemingly been shedding players week by week.
Starters Roberto Nelson, Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each graduate this spring from an underachieving 16-16 team. Forward Eric Moreland could have provided Oregon State an anchor around which to build this season, but he instead opted to turn pro even though he has little chance of being selected in the NBA draft. Promising freshman combo guard Hallice Cooke also transferred and the guard whose starting job he took, Challe Barton, revealed he is remaining in Sweden and turning pro, leaving Oregon State with zero starters returning next season.
It's unlikely Faust will be able to help Oregon State next season but perhaps the 6-foot-6 wing can provide some perimeter scoring and leadership the following year.
Faust arrived at Maryland with ample hype but his career plateaued during his three years there. He averaged 9.4 points per game this past season and shot just 38.4 percent from the floor, a product of poor shot selection, erratic 3-point shooting and inability to consistently finish at the rim.
To his credit, Faust did improve his ball handling and perimeter defense during his junior season at Maryland. He can be an asset at Oregon State if he can become more consistent on offense and if he can improve his efficiency.
In reality, though, Faust may get as many shots as he wants at Oregon State considering the lack of proven talent around him.
The Beavers are probably headed for a poor 2014-15 season. Perhaps Faust can help reverse his new team's fortunes the following year.
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