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Nick Faust, Shaq Cleare, Roddy Peters transferring from Maryland

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Nick Faust is a significant loss for the Terrapins.  (USATSI)
Nick Faust is a significant loss for the Terrapins. (USATSI)

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Maryland has some optimism heading into the offseason, and the Terrapins have even appeared in some way-too-early 2014-15 rankings. But Tuesday evening brought some interesting news.

Nick Faust, Shaq Cleare and Roddy Peters have all decided to transfer from Maryland.

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

Faust, a 6-foot-6 junior swingman, is the biggest immediate loss. He averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists this past season. Cleare, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, never really panned out down low, putting up 3.0 points and 2.5 boards. Peters is something of a surprising departure, as the freshman point guard had shown flashes of being an effective ACC player going forward. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 assists this season.

Turgeon was going to be over the scholarship limit next season, so the writing was on the wall in College Park that a couple of players could be in trouble. Even with the departures, Maryland still has plenty of talent on the roster. The team's top four scorers all return, as does leading rebounder Charles Mitchell. The Terrapins' incoming recruiting class is also loaded, with guards Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley leading the way on the perimeter.

Maryland finished 9-9 in the ACC this season.

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