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How Turgeon and Sulaimon are trying to help Trimble through slump


How Turgeon and Sulaimon are trying to help Trimble through slump

COLLEGE PARK -- Melo Trimble is fighting through the first major slump of his young career at Maryland it is a difficult one to shake.

Over the past two games -- both Maryland losses, including a defeat the hands of a Minnesota team that had previously not won a game in the Big Ten -- Trimble is 4-of-25 from the floor. Over the past four games, he is 7-of-38. On the season, his three-point shooting has dipped eight percentage points and he is taking two less free-throw attempts per game.

That brought about a conversation between head coach Mark Turgeon and the sophomore guard, an occurrence that is not uncommon.

“Melo, you know what our record was the year before you got here? We were [17-15],” Turgeon recalled telling Trimble. “You know what our record is since you’ve been here? We’re 50-12.

“I played 120 games [at Kansas]. I shot well in two of them. You’ve played 62 and you’ve shot well in about 56. Everything’s fine, Melo.”

Trimble was not made available for comment to the media after Maryland’s losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota, nor was he made available after Saturday’s practice. The last time he spoke, though, he opened up about the back and hamstring injuries that have nagged him this season.

He continues to get extensive treatment, he said, but especially over the past two games some problems appear to be more about decisionmaking than being physically inhibited by an injury.

Normally the commander of the final four minutes of a given game -- and a major reason why the Terrapins are so good in games decided by six points or fewer over the past two years -- Trimble has turned the ball over nearly twice as many times (13) as he had made a shot from the field (7) in the past four games.


In the final two minutes against Minnesota, Trimble turned the ball over twice and missed badly on a pull-up jumper. In a word, it has been uncharacteristic.

“You know, there’s a lot on his plate,” Turgeon said Saturday. “Every time you turn around, there’s articles about him. We’ve talked about just playing for enjoying the basketball.”

It’s not just the responsibilities, but the minutes load as well.

Not counting Feb. 9’s win over Division II Bowie State, Trimble has not played less than 35 minutes in a game since the team’s Jan. 16 blowout victory over Ohio State. As the team’s primary ball handler, and with senior Rasheed Sulaimon as the only real secondary option, chances to breathe are short, few, and far between.

A preseason injury to sophomore guard Dion Wiley has exacerbated the problem by thinning the backcourt depth even more.

So there stand Trimble and Sulaimon, simultaneously complementing each other on the court and leaning on each other off of it. The senior says he and Trimble, too, had a long conversation after Thursday’s loss.

“We got together, shot around a little bit, just hung around and just tried to be in good spirits,” Sulaimon said. “For a while, we didn’t even mention anything about basketball, just asked each other how we were doing and stuff like that and, you know, when we started talking about basketball, we were just trying to be positive with each other.

“It’s kind of hard sometimes playing this game and you’re going through a major slump and it just feels like you can’t do anything right. We all go through it as players so we just kind of vented on that and shared some similar thoughts on going through the same situation.”

How Maryland does offensively is tied directly to Trimble’s play because the ball so often starts in his hands. When in a groove, he is the team’s best and most efficient shooter and now as a sophomore has developed the ability to facilitate as well.

But without him, there is no option that so effectively stirs the drink.

“Melo’s had a couple bad games, but we’re 50-12,” Turgeon said. “Guy’s an amazing player. He’s done more for our program than a player in a long time.”

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.