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How Melo Trimble was still 'great' despite 3-of-15 shooting


How Melo Trimble was still 'great' despite 3-of-15 shooting

COLLEGE PARK -- Only looking at the box score would give you a very different impression of the type of game Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble had against Penn State. He was 3-of-15 from the floor and had only 10 points, well down from his average on the season. 

But that's not how head coach Mark Turgeon saw his point guard play in the Terrapins' 70-64 win on Wednesday night in College Park.

"I thought Melo was great," Turgeon said. "I mean, you look at his numbers and you say, 'How can you say that, Coach?' But he totally dictated the game in the second half. 

"Of course, Diamond [Stone] had 39 [points]. Melo had a lot to do that assisting him or getting to the rim and on missed shots he would follow them up."

Trimble had six assists in the game to just two turnovers and, like Turgeon pointed out, his misses often became Stone offensive rebounds that functioned as a roundabout entry pass of sorts. Penn State was disorganized when shots went up off of Trimble penetration and Stone's effort on the glass paid off.


He had eight offensive rebounds on his way to that Maryland freshman record of 39 points. 

This all goes back to what we've already known about Trimble this season. Now more than his freshman season, he understands what his team needs from him in a given situation. Yes, he took 15 shots, but who else besides Stone was doing any scoring? 

More importantly, he set the pace and did not turn the ball over. The only way to win a game while shooting 33 percent from the floor as a team is if you are careful with the basketball. Players have off shooting nights. Trimble knew to protect the ball and get it to the hot hand, Stone. He hit two big threes that helped the late push, too.

So, in fairness, it might take some selective box-score reading to go as far as Turgeon did after Wednesday's win, but give him this -- Maryland does not win that game if Trimble were swapped out for anyone other than maybe a handful of point guards in the country.

For that, Maryland is grateful.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta


Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.