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Nick Faust, Roddy Peters, Shaquille Cleare transfer from Maryland

Apr 8, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT


Maryland has granted releases to Nick Faust, Roddy Peters and Shaquille Cleare, as all three have decided to transfer from the program, according to a report from Jeff Ermann of on Tuesday evening.

The departure of the trio leaves Mark Turgeon with two open scholarships for the 2014-2015 season, per Ermann.

“I really enjoyed coaching Nick, Shaq and Roddy,” Turgeon said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “It is unfortunate that they will no longer be a part of the program. I wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

All three saw more than 13 minutes per game this past season. Faust averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Peters, the freshman guard who enrolled at Maryland as a four-star recruit according to Rivals, averaged 4.1 points, 1.3 boards and dished 2.3 assists per game. His role will be filled by incoming freshman Melo Trimble, another four-star point guard.

The 6-foot-9 Cleare posted averages of 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Despite the narrow bump in minutes, Cleare saw decreases in field goal percentage, points and rebounds.

On Monday, Maryland landed a commitment from 2014 center Michal Cekovsky, a 7-footer from Spain. He and Trimble are part of an incoming class which includes Dion Wiley, Trayvon Reed and Jared Nickens.

Maryland finished 17-15 (9-9 ACC), the Terrapins final season in the conference. They will move to the Big Ten Conference this fall.

  1. tomtravis76 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    The ACC proved to be too much for Faust. He had lots of hype coming in but never lived up to it. He should consider heading back to Baltimore to the likes of Towson or Loyola where he could potentially thrive.

    • amflanagan1 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:38 PM


  2. theeperspective - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    This is fine… Get the young guys more time… MD Nation isn’t upset on this one.

  3. voorheesma - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Just means TURG was wrong on his last 2 must get 4 stars in Roddy and Shaq. Faust needs to finish up somewhere like Richmond (also heard USC on the left coast).
    Roddy knew it was going to be the Melo show next yr and would be a struggle finding time behind Seth and Melo

  4. amflanagan1 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Faust was a joke and Turg hated him. How many times are you going to run into the lane and throw something up and hope for a foul. Peters never developed and he won’t see any playing time in the future with allen and melo. And with Cleare who cares, the guy didn’t show any promise. Through Trayvon Reed in there and lets make it to the tourney next year!

  5. russellwestbrooksucks - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I really was impressed by Faust as a frosh…but like so many talented players he never developed his potential. A majority of that blame goes to him and some to the new coaching staff. Faust proved to be less than ACC talent…could be a good Atlantic 10 player…maybe. Good luck Nick.

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