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'It kind of just clicked' -- The making of the Sulaimon-Trimble duo


'It kind of just clicked' -- The making of the Sulaimon-Trimble duo

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon could not pinpoint exactly when it happened, but he has a general idea of the moment at which two players with very different paths in their college careers up to this point -- he and sophomore Melo Trimble -- finally clicked.

“That North Carolina game was a great start.”

Thrown into a lion’s den in Chapel Hill as an old ACC rivalry was rekindled, the two combined for 41 points, including 9-of-14 shooting from three-point range, and added 15 assists in a losing effort to the Tar Heels.

But there was something about the chemistry and the synchronicity -- like pistons in an engine now firing as they were intended to.

On nights when Sulaimon is a featured scorer, Trimble distributes. When the sophomore has the hot hand, Sulaimon dishes the ball around -- on display last night when Trimble had a team-high 18 points and Sulaimon had a career-high 10 assists in a 77-56 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.


“The beginning, it was hard because we were trying to feel each other out,” Sulaimon said. “I think I can score the ball, he can score the ball, we both know we can pass. So, it just took getting on the same page.

"It kind of just clicked one day."

That took hours of watching film together, spending time together off the court, and constantly communicating.

Trimble isn’t so forthright about what it took for him and Sulaimon to sync up, but he says both try to stay in “attack mode” for 40 minutes.

In his freshman season, Trimble did not have the luxury of a secondary ball handler like Sulaimon. Head coach Mark Turgeon, at times, had to fit a square peg into a round hole by making Dez Wells a lead guard when he is more attacker and scorer than distributor.

Now he has said publicly that he believes he has the nation's best backcourt with Sulaimon alongside Trimble.

“He makes winning plays. He doesn’t shoot a lot. He doesn’t force things,” Turgeon said of Sulaimon. “He just makes winning plays and always tries to guard. Those guys are fun to coach.”

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.


Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.


Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.