He has a jumper. He can get into the lane. He can pass. What do you get the star point guard who has everything? Forward Robert Carter, Jr. has a gift idea for teammate Melo Trimble on his 21st birthday, which comes on Feb. 2, the day before Maryland is set to face Nebraska on the road in Lincoln.
"A couple good smackings upside the head," the Georgia native said with a laugh on Tuesday. "Hopefully we just get a win. I'm pretty sure he'd be happy if we get a win and continue taking steps to win this championship."
Now in his sophomore season at Maryland, Trimble's game has evolved in just a year's time. After being much more of a scorer last season, Trimble has come close to doubling his assists average (3.0 to 5.4 per game) while his turnovers have remained level at 2.5 per contest.
That has been a result of a number of things, most likely the biggest reason being that the pieces around him in the starting lineup fit so well.
Carter and freshman Diamond Stone give him two legitimate post scoring threats out of pick-and-rolls -- a set within which he is the best in the country at the point guard spot. He also has a true secondary ball handler in Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon.
Sulaimon allows him to move off the ball as a scorer from time to time, as well as simply taking off of him the pressure of having the ball in his hands to begin every possession.
That's the gift that keeps on giving.