Melo Trimble declared for the NBA Draft on Monday without signing an agent, leaving the door open to the possibility that he could return to College Park for his junior season after getting feedback from teams during the process.
After the announcement became official, fellow Maryland guard Jaylen Brantley came to Trimble's defense on Twitter to deflect any criticism that followed.
I hate how people claim they love Melo but are mad he declared.Be happy for him & all that he has done for Maryland. Chase ya dream youngin'
— Jaylen Brantley (@Jaybrant2) April 12, 2016
Brantley brings up an interesting point that becomes part of the conversation when every potential draft pick is weighing his options.
Those with a rooting interest in a team will say a player is "not ready" to play in the NBA and, thus, should return to school. That player's return to school would then help that school's chances the following year, which would please the critic with the rooting interest.
So by piling on about everything a player lacks, a case is being built that the player should return to school -- to make the college team better. It's a rare instance where a fan base tries to point out one's flaws in order to sway a player to return for the following year.
It's the "You're Not Good Enough to Be There, But We'd Love to Have You Here" argument.
Not that the prospect ever really evaluates his situation based on the opinions of Twitter followers. But it happens everywhere. Every year.
As it stands now, Trimble is projected to be selected No. 35 overall, according to DraftExpress.com. He has until May 25 to make a decision as to whether to remain in the NBA Draft or withdraw his name.