Just days after the Maryland Terrapins were eliminated from their first NCAA tournament appearance of the Mark Turgeon era, the Terps received some of the best news of the season, that star freshman Melo Trimble will reportedly return to school for his sophomore season. Trimble ranked fourth among all freshman averaging 16.2 points, to go along with 3.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest. What the stat line doesn’t tell you is the calming presence and leadership that he brought to an extremely inexperienced Maryland squad. In doing so, he returned basketball relevancy to College Park guiding the Terps to their best season since 2002.
Trimble’s fantastic year didn’t end exactly how he had hoped, after being forced to exit the team’s round of 32 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers with a head injury, and he will return for his sophomore campaign in hopes of elevating the Terrapins to atop the Big Ten Conference. Trimble, a native of Upper Marlboro, is no stranger to awards, having been named to the Big Ten and Sporting News All-freshman first team, after earning McDonald’s high school All-American while attending Bishop O’Connell High School.
Despite the alleged reports, there remains a possibility that Trimble will declare for June’s NBA Draft if a team can guarantee him that he will be selected in the first round, according to Jeff Ermann, the man who originally broke the news, of 247sports.com. Still, doubts remain about Trimble’s ability to distribute the ball, and standing at 6-foot-2, he would be forced to play the natural point guard position. Trimble will now have the entire off-season to improve and reportedly plans on attending Under Armor’s Stephen Curry Select Camp, where he will be showcased against the top point guards in the country.
Despite losing Dez Wells to graduation, Maryland brings highly-touted transfer Robert Carter along with junior college guard Jaylen Brantley, who should take a lot of the ball handling pressure off of Trimble. Looking forward, Turgeon and the Terrapins have high hopes for the 2015-16 campaign and leading the way will be Melo Trimble.
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