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Melo Trimble will forgo senior senior season, enter 2017 NBA Draft

Melo Trimble will forgo senior senior season, enter 2017 NBA Draft

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Maryland's leader for the past three years, has announced that he will forgo his senior season with the program to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Ever since Melo Trimble was a freshman he was an instant impact for the Terrapins, helping guide the team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Since then, the 6'3" guard has lead the team to two more NCAA appearances, making it three straight, as 79 wins.

In 2016, the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 2002-03 season. During that tournament run, Trimble brought in 18 points a contest, including 17 points against Kansas in a loss.

Despite much speculation to enter the draft following that season, Trimble returned for his junior year.

Throughout his Maryland career he averaged 15.9 points and earned AP All-American Honorable Mention the past two years. He is one of four Maryland players to record 1,600 points, 400 assists, and 150 steals.

If drafted, Trimble will be the 65th player in Maryland history to hear his named called per basketball-reference. The last Terp to be drafted in the first round was Alex Len to the Phoenix Suns in 2013.

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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.

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