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

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'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.

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“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 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

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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!

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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.

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