As the college basketball world awaited news on Wednesday as to whether Maryland guard Melo Trimble would remain in the NBA Draft or return to College Park for his junior season, Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon calmly went and saw an afternoon movie with his son, he told ESPN 980 in an interview Thursday morning.
The flick? Captain America: Civil War, which he says he had promised his son he would see with him for weeks.
Trimble had until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday to withdraw from the draft. The 147-minute movie began at 4 p.m. Shortly after 10 p.m., news of Trimble's decision to return for his junior season was publicly confirmed.
"Like every human being, you're always looking at your phone," Turgeon said in the radio interview, recalling his time in the movie theater. "But I felt very confident because of the information that we gathered and Melo's a smart kid and his mom's a smart lady with a good head on her shoulders that they were going to make the right decision for him and all the details kind of pushed towards him coming back to Maryland so it just was a process.
"They had to go through it, they had to feel comfortable with it, and once they did I ... had a great feeling it was going to end up this way."
Turgeon would ultimately have a phone call with Trimble on Wednesday during which the guard would tell him his decision to return to College Park.
"I felt confident that Melo and his mom, Kim, would make the right decision because all the information kind of pointed for him to come back," he said. "It was safer for him to come back. It was a long day, but in the end when Melo told [me] he was coming back, you could hear peace in his voice. He felt very comfortable with his decision."