COLLEGE PARK — Maryland point guard Melo Trimble announced Wednesday that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NBA Draft. Trimble is expected to hire an agent, effectively ending an illustrious three-year career for Maryland. The Terps compiled a 79-25 record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with Trimble leading the way, […]
COLLEGE PARK — Maryland point guard Melo Trimble announced Wednesday that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NBA Draft.
Trimble is expected to hire an agent, effectively ending an illustrious three-year career for Maryland. The Terps compiled a 79-25 record and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with Trimble leading the way, the first time Maryland had accomplished this since 2003. Trimble also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors twice.
“I am confident and excited to pursue an opportunity to play in the NBA,” Trimble said in a statement issued by the school. “I am proud of what my teammates and I were able to accomplish these past three seasons at Maryland. I developed many great relationships and friendships and together we were able to create some very special moments for Maryland basketball.”
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, in a statement of his own, also spoke to Trimble’s contributions to the team.
“Melo Trimble is a winner and helped change the face of our program,” Turgeon said. “More importantly, Melo is a special person and I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him. He is extremely humble and always puts the team first. Melo has grown as a leader and has done an outstanding job taking our program to new heights. Melo will be celebrated as one of the all-time greats in our program’s history. We are very excited for Melo as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball.”
Trimble leaves Maryland listed 13th on the school’s all-time scoring and assist list (1,658 points and 403 assists) and second in school history on made free throws, with 503.
The junior guard averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds this season, his highest average of any season. After a phenomenal and relatively unexpected freshman season, Trimble fell into a ‘sophomore slump,’ averaging 14.8 points per game while shooting only 31.5 percent, down from 41.2 percent the year prior.
Trimble arrived at Maryland in 2014 bas Turgeon’s most heralded recruit in after being committed since 2012, his junior year at Bishop O’Connell (Va.). The former five-star guard was a McDonalds’ All-American- Maryland’s first in 13 years.
At the end of last season, which some labeled as a disappointing one for Trimble and for Maryland basketball, he declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent. Recently, the NBA, in partnership with the NCAA, implemented a new rule that allowed potential draftees to go through the scouting process and attend the NBA Combine, but still have the ability to return the school if their draft stock isn’t ideal.
According to numerous experts and NBA analysts, Trimble is expected to be a second-round pick in the NBA Draft this coming June.