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Maryland's Melo Trimble named AP Honorable Mention for second straight season

Maryland's Melo Trimble named AP Honorable Mention for second straight season

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

On Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press released their annual All-American Team honors to the best men's basketball players in Division I. No surprise, Frank Mason III (Kansas) and Josh Hart (Villanova) were the top two vote getters.

The farther you go down the list you find a familar name, Melo Trimble.

The Maryland guard was named as an honorable mention to the All-American Teams for the second straight season. In 2015, he was named and Second Team All-American by Sporting News.

Averaging 16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, the junior was one of the elite guards in not only the Big Ten conference, but in the entire country. The conference recognized Trimble earlier this season with a unanimus Big Ten First Team selection. 

This season, with the team finishing similar to last year, the flashy Trimble always found himself taking the big shot while also holding steady to his career averages. Sharing the spotlight with freshman guard, Anthony Cowan Jr., Trimble was able to be more of a playmaker than a facilitator compared to seasons past.

As Maryland's leader for the past three seasons, he has helped carry the Terps to their three most successful seasons in the Mark Turegon era.

Once again, for the third straight season, it will be a huge offeseason question if Trimble wants to enter the NBA Draft. 

Another local player, Markell Fultz, from DeMatha Catholic High School was named to the AP Third Team after his standout freshman season with the Washington Huskies.

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First Team

·       Frank Mason III, Kansas (65 first-place votes, 325 points).

·       Josh Hart, Villanova (62, 319).

·       Caleb Swanigan, Purdue (61, 308).

·       Lonzo Ball, UCLA (54, 296).

·       Justin Jackson, North Carolina (24, 223).

Second Team

·       Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga (13, 191).

·       Luke Kennard, Duke (10, 189).

·       Malik Monk, Kentucky (7, 165).

·       Dillon Brooks, Oregon (15, 152).

·       Johnathan Motley, Baylor (4, 143).

Third Team

·       Josh Jackson, Kansas (1, 96).

·       Markelle Fultz, Washington (3, 74).

·       Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (1, 70).

·       Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (1, 66).

·       Lauri Markkanen, Arizona (1, 50).

See full AP All-American breakdown

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

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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.

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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.

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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.