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Teammate defends Melo Trimble on Twitter after NBA Draft decision

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Teammate defends Melo Trimble on Twitter after NBA Draft decision

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.

Brantley brings up an interesting point that becomes part of the conversation when every potential draft pick is weighing his options. 

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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.

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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.