Trimble declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

Scott Greene, Publisher
Terrapin Sports Report
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Terps junior guard Melo Trimble will forgo his senior year to enter the NBA Draft and sign with an agent, he announced on Wednesday.

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A McDonald's All-American coming out of Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell High School, Trimble was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, helping lead the Terps to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He is one of 15 players to earn all-conference honors three times at Maryland.

“I am confident and excited to pursue an opportunity to play in the NBA,” Trimble said in a statement. “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 able to create some very special moments for Maryland basketball. I want to thank Coach Turgeon for all of his support. He always believed in me. He challenged me and really helped in the development of my overall game. I am a more complete basketball player because of Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff. To stay at home and attend the University of Maryland is the best decision that I ever made and it was truly special to play in front of my family, friends and our amazing fans. Maryland will always be home.”

Maryland won 79 games during Trimble’s three-year career in College Park, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2016, the Terps' first second-weekend appearance in 13 years.

The Upper Marlboro, Md., native is one of just four players in Maryland basketball history to record 1,600 points, 400 assists and 150 steals, joining Terrapin legends Greivis Vasquez, Walt Williams and Johnny Rhodes.

Trimble finished his Maryland career ranked second all-time in career made free throws (503), 13th in scoring (1,658), 13th in assists (403), eighth in made three-point field goals (177), 19th in steals (124) and scored in double-figures 92 times.

“Melo informed me that he has decided to enter his name in the NBA Draft,” head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Melo Trimble is a winner and helped change the face of our program. 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 averaged 15.9 points per game over his three-year collegiate career and was only the second player in Terps history to record 500 or more points in each of his first two seasons, joining former Naismith Player of the Year Joe Smith.

The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 22.

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