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'A feel that you can’t teach' -- On Melo Trimble's progression


'A feel that you can’t teach' -- On Melo Trimble's progression

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon received a pass near the right corner and swung the ball toward teammate Melo Trimble on the right wing early in the second half of Saturday’s game against Maryland-Eastern Shore in College Park.

Even before receiving the pass, Trimble literally had a smile on his face. He took the feed from Sulaimon, rose, and fired -- nailing three of his team-high 18 points. That’s when you knew he was on.

That was the moment during which, in contrast to other games this season when he has taken it upon himself to be a distributor for his teammates, it was clear that Trimble would be a scorer in a 77-56 victory at XFINITY Center.

“He has a feel that you can’t teach. He knows what he needs to do when he needs to do it,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “That’s what makes him who he is.”

What is most remarkable is that Trimble’s 18 points came on six shots from the floor -- yes, six -- as he finished 4-of-4 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. In a game where his team needed scoring after surrendering a late run that cut their lead to just six before halftime, he shifted into gear.

It is part of Trimble’s continued year-over-year progression, where he at times looks more like a traditional point guard, but can still flip the switch and become the elite scorer he proved himself to be last season.


“For today, I was on, so I was on. That was for me to shoot a lot,” Trimble said. “That’s just part of being a point guard and also just the teammates around me are really good, just an upgrade from last year, and that’s why I can do what I do.”

The next two weeks or so leading up to conference play are crucial for Trimble, but not in the traditional sense.

Between now and Dec. 29, Maryland has two games -- Dec. 19 vs. Princeton and Dec. 27 vs. Marshall. He and Sulaimon lead the team in minutes played per game at 32 and 31.7, respectively. This time off will be about rest for those two.

Does Turgeon truly have trust in backup guard Jaylen Brantley? He played only seven minutes in a game where he likely could have gotten more run. When push comes to shove in conference play, will Turgeon be willing to turn to the junior college transfer or ride it out with his two star guards?

My bet is the latter, which means that plenty of ice baths and rest could be part of this holiday season for the Big Ten’s Preseason Player of the Year.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.