Thursday's win over Illinois at XFINITY Center was about Maryland's four seniors, with each honored before the game with framed jerseys as part of a pregame ceremony at center court.
But the unspoken reality remains that the other three members of Maryland's highly regarded starting five could, as well, have played in their final games in College Park if they ultimately choose to forgo their remaining eligibility and turn pro.
Chief among them is sophomore guard Melo Trimble, who has been the beloved stabilizing and uplifting force for this program over the past two seasons. If indeed Thursday was his last game at home in his college career it was a memorable one, with Trimble breaking out of a prolonged slump to post 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, grab eight rebounds, and dish out five assists.
But after the game, no one could have expected him to acknowledge any possible feeling about Thursday being his final game at home. In typical Trimble fashion, he brought the conversation back to his teammates after being asked if the idea passed through his mind during the game.
“No, I just wanted to get the win for the seniors that are here," Trimble said. "In our minds, hopefully we’ve still got 10 games left. We just want to focus on the rest of the season.”
If ten games remain for Maryland, as Trimble says is the goal, that would mean the Terrapins would at the very least make appearances in the Big Ten and NCAA tournament title games. Wouldn't be a bad way to finish out a sophomore season of high expectations.
DraftExpress.com currently projects Trimble to be selected No. 20 overall in the 2016 draft.