I asked him during the teleconference whether he’d consider returning sophomore Nick Faust (City) to some point guard duty against the Wolfpack after the way freshman Seth Allen and junior Pe’Shon Howard struggled in Sunday’s 54-47 loss at
"We've talked about it," Turgeon said Monday. "We actually practiced Nick at point last week. It's just really hard now, not a lot of practice time, a lot of games. I know it's the position he wants to play, and it's something we're looking at most definitely."
Turgeon had said around Christmas that he told Faust to concentrate on playing the wing position after getting off to a slow start offensively this season. Faust, who played the point last season when Howard was sidelined early and late with serious injuries, has played better recently.
After his team’s second-half collapse againt
Howard, who had started the entire season at point, continued to have his problems against the Hurricanes. He went without a field goal for the third straight game and has now missed 11 straight shots over that stretch, nine of them 3-pointers. Among the ACC's leaders in assists, Howard has had only two the past two games, one in 17 minutes against Miami.
Meanwhile, the 6-6 Faust has played better in recent games. He hit a career-high four 3-point shots and was one of the few aggressive players Turgeon had in the second half against Florida State, finishing with 14 points and two assists. He didn't shoot it well against Miami – 1-for-8 – but had eight rebounds. He hasn't had a turnover in the past three games, though he hasn't played point.
That could change against the Wolfpack.
"It could be an option on Wednesday," Turgeon said.
It’s clear that Turgeon needs to get more scorers on the floor, and somebody who can shoot it long-range to take some pressure on
A number of fans have suggested giving a bigger role to transfer Logan Aronhalt, who is by far the team's best 3-point shooter (51.9 percent) and one of just two seniors (James Padgett is the other). Though Aronhalt hasn't shot the ball well the past two games – 2-for-8 on 3-point shots – Aronhalt would give the Terps some of the experience they desperately seem to lack.