At times, Nick Faust was Maryland’s point-guard-by-necessity last season.
Chances are, he won’t run the team by default as a sophomore.
Two freshmen guard —- Seth Allen and Sam Cassell Jr. —- are now on campus. Junior Pe’Shon Howard is recovering from February knee surgery. And the versatile Faust is also back after playing effectively down the stretch as a freshman.
“I think Seth Allen will play some point, I think Sam Cassell will play some point, I think Nick Faust will play some point, I think Pe’Shon Howard will play some point,” coach Mark Turgeon said at a Terrapin Club event in Columbia on Thursday. “They’ll all get a chance. They’ll all play some two. I think Nick will be the only one who will play some three. He’s tall enough. I could probably play a lineup with Sam Cassell at the three with Pe’Shon and Seth together if I had to. I’m not as worried about the point guard position.”
Howard’s status is an interesting variable for Maryland; the Terps’ Nov. 9 opener against Kentucky comes nine months after Howard tore an ACL during practice.
Howard said Thursday he isn’t trying to put a timetable on his return, though Turgeon is optimistic he won’t miss any part of the season.
“I think Pe’Shon will be 100 percent when practice starts if he doesn’t do anything stupid like trying to come back too quickly,” Turgeon said. “We’ll have a lot more options than we did last year.”
—- Patrick Stevens