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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Melo Trimble


3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Melo Trimble

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Midnight Madness festivities, CSN will take a look at each projected member of Maryland’s starting five with an individual preview for each player. We will pose three questions of the five starters, with CSN’s answer for each listed just below it.

Here is the 3-of-5 Preview.

Name: Melo Trimble

Position: Point guard

Class: Sophomore

2014-15 Stats: 16.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.0 APG

Question 1: Will Trimble take the next step as a "traditional" point guard this season?

Trimble was thrown into the fire as a lead guard as a freshman and was sensational. He was difficult to defend out of the pick-and-roll and got to the line at a rate few players (especially few freshmen) do.

Perhaps because of the other offensive options he had last season, though, he wasn’t as much of a distributor. That could change this season because he has so many more options. Robert Carter, Diamond Stone, Jake Layman, and Rasheed Sulaimon are all capable of leading a team in scoring on a given night.

More options, more comfortability with distributing the basketball. If he adds that to his game, he will be the front runner for the conference’s Player of the Year award -- and maybe more.


Question 2: Can Trimble compete to be a First Team All-American?

He will be a First Team All-Big Ten selection in the preseason. He may be mentioned nationally on preseason lists. But the question will be if he can finish the season there.

The performance should be there, but there might be some tempering of his raw stats because of the number of other weapons on this team (mentioned above). His efficiency stats will remain the same, but that’s not always what voters look at.

As was mentioned above, if he gets his assist numbers up and takes strides on the defensive end, he will be almost as much of a complete package as any other player in the conference.

Some others, including Providence’s Kris Dunn and LSU’s Ben Simmons, may have more NBA-ready bodies and will be viewed as such, but Trimble has the opportunity to be a truly game-changing college player as a sophomore.

Question 3: How will Jaylen Brantley change how he is used?

Richaud Pack was Maryland’s backup ball handler last season and he hadn’t played point guard since high school. He has graduated and in comes junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley, who is the legitimate second ball handling option that Maryland missed so dearly in its NCAA tournament loss to West Virginia.

Mark Turgeon has more options now. He can move Trimble off the ball. He can feel comfortable not playing Trimble 38 minutes in a given game. He can even try some three-guard sets with Sulaimon in the game.

Maryland’s season will be about versatility and it begins at the guard spots. Trimble is the biggest part of that and Brantley should aid him.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy


Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!


The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.