Turgeon might want to rein in comments about Nick Faust
Let me begin by saying I love Mark Turgeon's candor. It's way too early to know for sure if he's the right coach for Maryland's men's basketball team in the post-Gary Williams era (although I happen to think he is.) But no matter how well Turgeon does, you've got to love the fact that he tells it like it is.
Having said that, I offer this bit of advice: go easy when talking to the media about Nick Faust's confidence.
I've seen coaches do this sort of thing before. And sometimes it gets in the player's head and makes things even worse.
To recap, Turgeon made his comments about Faust after Maryland's 71-62 loss to Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The highly touted freshman guard had just suffered through a tough 2-for-11 night shooting in front of the home crowd at Comcast Center.
"The poor kid, he's lost his confidence," Turgeon said. "He's air-balling shots. He's a young kid."
Turgeon didn't say it to be mean or overly critical of a kid who is expected to play an important role with the Terps the next few years.
And this isn't to suggest that Faust, the former City standout, is an emotional piece of bone china who shatters at the slightest criticism.
But Faust is a proud and sensitive kid who's still learning what big-time college basketball is all about. And as we all know, so much of shooting a basketball is all in a player's head. So as a coach, you might not want to be questioning a kid's confidence when the kid himself might not even see it as an issue.
In other words, Faust might simply have chalked up his poor shooting against the Illini as one of those nights. Same thing with his 1-for-5 from the floor and 3 points in the Terps 78-71 win over Notre Dame Sunday in the BB&T Classic in Washington.
No need to plant a seed in his head that he's lacking confidence this early in the season.
All evidence indicates the kid will be back. He's too good a player to stay in a shooting slump for long. He was a terrific scorer at City and he's only played in seven games on the collegiate level.
Give him time. He'll find his stroke again. No need to put any more pressure on him than what he's already feeling.
US Presswire photo of Nick Faust / Dec. 4, 2011