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Terps' Melo Trimble named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Terps' Melo Trimble named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Whether or not Maryland guard Melo Trimble will hear his name called during the NBA Draft is a matter of fierce debate.

But one thing is for sure: The junior is one of the top ten point guards in the country.

Trimble, who opted against the NBA Draft after his freshman season and saw his draft stock plummet during his sophomore campaign, is leading the way for the No. 17 Terrapins (17-2, 7-1) to the top of the Big Ten standings. Averaging 17.9 ppg on 45 percent shooting, Trimble is being recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the ten finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the top point guard in the country.


Trimble has scored at least double-digits in all but two games, and is the linchpin for a surprisingly strong Maryland team that went from no expectations to a possible Big Ten regular season championship.

The current crop of point guards is as good as it's been in a longtime, and while Trimble may not win the award, the recognition proves that Trimble responded to the adversity and is capable of being a big-time player.

Joining Trimble on the list are: Lonzo Ball, UCLA (Fy.), Joel Berry II, North Carolina (Jr.), Jalen Brunson, Villanova (Soph.), De'Aron Fox, Kentucky (Fy.), Markelle Fultz, Washington (Fy.), Monte Morris, Iowa (Sr.), Frank Mason, Kansas (Sr.), Dennis Smith, North Carolina State (Fy.), and Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga (Jr.).


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


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.


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.


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.